March was an incredibly busy month. Establishing relationships with land owners, a busy schedule of workshops and spending the latter part of the month photographing at the lagoons in southern Andalucia (trip report to follow!).
We thought that Spring had finally arrived in the Highlands and the Red Grouse all popped up to say hello. Before the snow came back and all the roads were closed again! I shot most of these cracking males from a hide that I set up in the Heather to enable me to get down and dirty enough for some ‘nice backgrounds’. Refreshingly the gamekeeper is encouraged by the returning Hen Harriers. apparently they help disperse the Grouse and also remove some of the weaker birds. If only there were more considerate landowners.
They really are in fine fettle at this time of year and for once they seem to lose a bit of their fear factor and pose quite well. Then as we were getting used to the warmer temperatures and dismantling the Crested Tit feeding site the snow came and sent us right back to square one.
That’s okay though because we went off to Spain… to follow…