Sun 24th Mar .... Catching Up

March 24, 2013  •  4 Comments

 

No blog for a few days prior to this – Pauline has mentioned toothache earlier – I will let her tell the story for Thursday. Friday consisted of refilling our feeders at Loch Garten, followed by another go with the Snow Buntings on Cairrngorm – or so we thought – yet again the road was shut so it was a ride round to show David a few areas he hasn’t seen before. Apart from a Woodcock in the middle of the road that stayed put  until we picked a camera (up of course!) and an Osprey over Boat of Garten we didn’t see anything new. On Saturday we had a ride up to the the car park at the top of Findhorn (in the snow) and apart from views there was little photography . So Sunday dawned and it was round to Loch Garten again to top the feeders up and then off hopefully to see the Capper. The walk up the track was filled with anticipation and worry – the worry being we were taking two good friends who hadn’t seen a Capper before. We arrived in the area and stood on the track. Within five minutes a group from Heatherlea arrived and their leader was soon off into the forest to find the Caper. He returned to his group and was soon leading them off up the slope. As they returned he said that the Capper was very relaxed so as our friends may never have this opportunity again, we went in two's and also walked just in to the forest. We watched for probably 2 minutes  -  I didn’t take the camera up – it was great just to see him again. We then went to Kingraig  for a brew and to see if the Ospreys were back at the nest yet – no luck – we will return towards the end of the week to try again. Next was the Snow Buntings on Cairrngorm – or so we thought – yet again the road was shut (does this sound familiar)  So having booked a table at a local restaurant we nipped round to Loch Garten so friends could have an hour with the Crested Tits. Once again my camera didn’t come out – I didn’t think given the weather I would better my shots from the other day. No photos but a very enjoyable day.

Pauline say's:.... The toothache that came on relentlessly throughout Tues worsened on Wed and led to phonecalls to my dentist.... (I wouldn't know I was on holiday if I didn't need to visit either a doctor, dentist or a hospital - its become a bit of a standing joke!) Despite offers of a colleague in Aberdeen I finally opted for a return to see Chris who has done all the marvellous bridge and implant work that allows me to still have a big grin! Thurs morning we left at 9.50am arriving in Burnley at 4.30pm coinciding with Chris being free so I went straight from the car seat to the dentists chair without a breather! Less than hour later, with offending tooth (part of a bridge so not a simple extraction) and root canal filling removed (ouch!) we were on our way back to the M6 arriving back in Nethy at 1am ... 680 miles - I still felt like I was driving when I laid down in bed!! The wound is healing rapidly and it is back to business with a vengeance - or it would be if the weather would let up and let us get on ... 

Although we were delighted to see the old capper again (affectionately known as 'Arnie' for his pugnacious attitude!) and being told he was in a 'relaxed' mood, I felt worried when it was finally my turn to go and look at him. I don;t see cappers enough to judge between a possibly tired and sleepy bird and a poorly one but to me he didn't look well. He managed a desultory attempt at display but soon settled back down with his eyelids drooping. I took a dozen shots and backed gently away ... 

 


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Pauline and Ian Wildlife Images
I'm sure you are right David!!!
www.shallcross-images.co.uk
some magnificent beasts on show in these shots.........errr,well i'm not sure what I just said
Pauline and Ian Wildlife Images
Yes Joan - they were - quite feisty! The 'interference' all over the picture are spicules of ice/snow which has fallen/been blown around every day since we arrived ... we've never had a worse year for weather stopping us doing and getting the shots we want ....
Joan Disley(non-registered)
Stunning photos of the Capercaillie but I do like the Red Deer looks like they were having a "a bit of a do".
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