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Scotland – Wildlife

February 26, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Everywhere we go, we hope to see wildlife. Considering this was a non-nature tour, however, I didn’t have great expectations. But I still brought my 70-200 lens. The only thing I was hoping to see, were Puffins, but no luck. Looking back, we did really well. I think that is partially due to us having trained ourselves to be alert. I’ll give the full list first, then follow with some photos and text. As usual, there are many more photos in the gallery.

  • Highland Cattle
  • Belted Cow
  • Rook
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Barn Swallow
  • Herring Gull
  • Hooded Crow
  • Harris Hawk
  • European Eagle Owl
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Saker Falcon
  • Lanner Falcon
  • Snowy Owl
  • Gyr Falcon
  • Bengal Eagle Owl
  • Golden Eagle
  • Gos Hawk
  • Chaffinch
  • Woodpigeon
  • Blackbird (I think)
  • Eurasian Oystercatcher
  • Bar-tailed Godwit
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Iceland Gull (maybe)
  • Coal tit
  • Blue tit
  • Great tit
  • European Robin
  • 18,572 sheep

The first animal we saw was a good hint that we were no longer in Texas.

Highland Cattle

This picture was from later in the tour. There is no predefined stop for these guys. If you see one, take a photo, because there’s no guarantee you will see them again. We actually saw them several places, but this was the only location where we could stop. All of the cattle pictures were taken from inside the bus, so I think they came out pretty well. This happened to be a family and we had to wait for them to cross the road.

Most of the photos were taken at 3 locations. The first was the St. Andrews Golf Course. Since it’s right on the coast, there’s quite a few birds hanging around. Lots of gulls.

Black-headed Gull

There are lots of crow-like birds. The Hooded Crow was very prevalent, and I finally got a photo near Loch Ness.

Hooded Crow

Number 2 location was Dunrobin Castle. They have a magnificent birds of prey show. I took alot of photos here. My favorite was the European Eagle Owl. You can actually sit right next to him!

European Eagle Owl

There were several smaller birds around, too. I am not sure what the first one is, but the second is a Chaffinch.





Our hotel on the Isle of Skye was located on the shore, so we walked down and found a couple of shorebirds, a Great Blue Heron, and Pied wagtail.

Eurasian Oystercatcher

Bar-tailed Godwit

Pied wagtail

Number 3 location was the Clan Donald land. There’s a bird feeder near the entrance which was great. We were on the way out and the birds are really fast, so these are not great.

Coal tit

Blue tit

Great tit (blurry)


Sheep were not expecting a 50 passenger bus!

Finally, we saw this guy flying around inside a shop at Inverary.

European Robin

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  1. March 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Beautiful images, and a number of unique life list adds. Bummer on the puffin, but it’ll give you an excuse to travel to Iceland ;)

  2. March 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Thanks! Yeah, that sounds good. I would like to back to the Orkney’s, too, and way up to the Shetlands just for birds. I’ve been enjoying your Iceland photos, btw, particularly the puffin :)

  3. yoyo
    March 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Awesome shots. I didn’t pay particular attention to the wildlife there- I just noticed the plentiful sheep along the roads. :p

    • March 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      There were a few huh? :) One the first I saw when I looked out the plane where white dots everywhere :P

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