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Winter Wildlife - 2020

1st - 7th February - tour leader - Gordon Rae


An action packed Winter Wildlife tour based in the beautiful Cairngorms National Park.

On your tour we will be looking to photograph Red Deer, Crested Tits, Woodland Birds, Red Squirrels, Mountain Hare, Red Grouse and hopefully Snowbunting, all weather permitting in their natural winter environment..
Included in your package will be 6 nights B&B (on a twin room sharing basis) in a very well equipped bungalow near to Glenfeshie, this is only a short distance from Aviemore.

The cost of your tour will be £925 per person, a deposit of £150 will secure your place (4 places available)

(THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT)

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Highland Spring - 2020

18th - 23rd April - tour leader - Gordon Rae


On this trip we will be concentrating heavily on early morning wildlife activity.

We will be targeting a Black Grouse Lek site where the males should be at the height of their displaying activity, and with a good bit of luck you will maybe catch a visit or two from the females too.
Also, we will visit Rothiemurchus with the aim of catching some early season diving activity as the Ospreys arrive back for the breeding season.
A session with the lively Red Squirrels in the old pine forest will complete the morning photographic opportunities.
Daytime activity will be based around searching for other species in the area such as Red Grouse, and hopefully Mountain Hares.


Included in your package will be five nights B+B (on a twin room sharing basis) in a very well equipped bungalow near to Glenfeshie, this is only a short distance from Aviemore.


The cost of your tour will be £975 per person, a deposit of £195 will secure your place (4 places available)

(THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT)

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Island Summer Wildlife - 2020

1st - 5th June - Tour Leader - Gordon Rae


A short tour built to hopefully coincide with all the new life around the island, many birds will, all being well be out and about with their young, which will still be getting fed by their parents.
We will also be sure to come across a few stags, and at this time of year their antlers will be in velvet, very different to the October trip in the rutting season.
Other wildlife can be found as we travel around the island, we will be keeping our eyes open at all times, we may even find an otter along the coastline.

Included in your package will be four nights B+B (all rooms booked as single occupancy) your ferry ticket, plus all transport around the Island.

The cost of your holiday will be £600, a deposit of £100 will secure your place (3 places available)

(This tour has 3 places remaining)


PLEASE NOTE :- If you want to come on a holiday and fill endless memory cards with images this is not the trip for you.
This trip is all about enjoying the experience of finding and photographing wildlife in it's own environment and the field craft required to help get you the shot.

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Highland Special - 2020

22nd - 25th July - tour leader - Gordon Rae

On this tour we will be focussing on one of the Highlands most iconic birds, the Osprey, they travel here each year to breed and rear their young before returning back to warmer climates again.
During your tour we will have exclusive use of the purpose built hides at Rothiemurchus for three early morning and two evening diving sessions, these hides have been specially designed to allow us to witness this amazing spectacle at water level, and are without a doubt the best hides in the business.
It will be from here that we aim to photograph the Ospreys as they dive from a great height to pluck a fish from the lochen to take back to their chicks. This has to be one of natures most amazing sights to witness let alone photograph.

And for your accommodation this year we have chosen to include in your package, three nights Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (all rooms booked as single occupancy) in the very spacious and stunningly beautiful "Ballintean Mountain Lodge".
The lodge is set in natural surroundings near to Glenfeshie, this is only a short distance from Aviemore and the Ospreys.

The cost of your tour will be £950 per person, a deposit of £190 will secure your place. (8 places available)

(This tour has 2 places remaining)

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Osprey Splash - 2020

7th - 8th August - tour leader - Gordon Rae

On this tour you will have two morning and two evening sessions in the water level hides at Rothiemurchus, it will be here where we aim to photograph the Ospreys as they dive from a great height to pluck a fish from the lochen to take back to the chicks. This is an amazing sight to witness let alone photograph.
We may also be lucky enough to witness the chicks arrive at the lochen to try their luck at fishing before they head off on their long journey to warmer climates.

NB/ This tour has NO B+B accommodation included in the package.
The cost of your tour will be £485 per person, a deposit of £100 will secure your place. (8 places available)

(This tour has 4 places remaining)

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Island Photographic Mini Holiday - 2020

3rd - 6th October - tour leader - Gordon Rae

This trip is just a mini version of the "Island Photographic Holiday" which is designed to centre around the annual Red Deer rut, that along with the Islands growing population of Otters, Seals, and other wildlife opportunities, it should make for a great three days photography.
There will also be, if the weather is in our favour a chance for some lovely landscape shots around the Island.

Included in your package will be three nights B+B (all rooms booked as single occupancy) your ferry ticket, plus all transport around the Island.

The cost of your holiday will be £600, a deposit of £100 will secure your place (2 places available)

(THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT)

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Island Photographic Holiday - 2020

Tour 1 - TBC - tour leader - Gordon Rae
Tour 2 - TBC - tour leader - Gordon Rae


This is a unique opportunity to join me on an Island just off Scotland's west coast for a photographic holiday with a difference.

On the trip we will be working totally in the wild, so it will be a chance for you to test your field craft skills, and at the same time learn a bit about the behaviour of the different subjects that you will be photographing.

Our holiday has been timed to centre around the annual Red Deer rut, that along with the Islands growing population of Otters, Seals, and other wildlife opportunities that can be found along the way should all in all make for a great four days photography.
There will also be, if the weather is in our favour a chance for some lovely landscape shots around the Island.

Included in your package will be five nights B+B (all rooms booked as single occupancy) your ferry ticket, plus all transport around the Island.

The cost of your holiday will be TBC, a deposit of TBC will secure your place (3 places available on each trip)


Tour 1 - (Details coming soon)
Tour 2 - (Details coming soon)


PLEASE NOTE :- If you want to come on a holiday and fill endless memory cards with images this is not the trip for you.
This trip is all about enjoying the experience of finding and photographing wildlife in it's own environment and the field craft required to help get you the shot.


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Winter Otters - 2019

Tour 1 - 1st - 5th December - tour leader - Gordon Rae
Tour 2 - 16th - 20th December - tour leader - Gordon Rae

If your looking for a real challenge in your wildlife photography then this could just be the very trip for you.

During your trip we will spend three full days searching and exploring the coastline and sea lochs of this picturesque Scottish West Coast Island, the main target species, the shy and elusive wild Otter.

Although we will encounter other wildlife opportunities along the way our main concentration will be on the otters.
We will have challenges though, firstly we need to locate an otter, we then through careful field craft techniques try to approach it, we will only do so if the conditions are right as the welfare of the otter must be our priority, disturbance has to be kept to an absolute minimum or the opportunity will be lost.
Hopefully then we can get you some amazing images to add to your portfolio.

During the trip we will be working along rocky coastlines, and as we are sure to encounter rain at some point along the way the shoreline can be very slippy indeed.
It can be tough going at times, but this is a real true wildlife experience, when it all works and everything comes together then you will feel the real connection with one of Scotlands most amazing freshwater mammals.


Included in your package will be four nights B+B (all rooms booked as single occupancy) your ferry ticket, plus all transport around the Island.

The cost of your holiday will be £800, a deposit of £125 will secure your place (Due to the nature of this trip there are only 2 places available on each trip)


Tour 1 - (THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT)
Tour 2 - (THIS TOUR IS SOLD OUT)



PLEASE NOTE :- If you want to come on a holiday and fill endless memory cards with images this is not the trip for you.
This trip is all about enjoying the experience of finding and photographing wildlife in it's own environment and the field craft required to help get you the shot.


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Tours

Please Note
The animals and birds that we aim to photograph on our tours and workshops are wild and have a mind of their own. Although we study and generally understand their behaviour, their daily routines and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Please keep this in mind if you choose to book with us.

Red Deer in Forest


Red Grouse in Winter



Fireworks in the Frost


Up and Away


Grouse on the Move


Ringed Plover 1

Diving Gannet 1

Common Sandpiper 1



Osprey with Fish


Osprey with Trout


Osprey with Catch


Fast Food




Reflections


Red Deer Stag 2


Buzzard in the Rain


Red Deer Stag



West Coast Otter



Twins



Wild Buzzard



Mull Otter 1



Mull Otters 3


Mull Otter 8


Mull Otter 2


Mull Otter 5