|Loch A'an basin, Thursday|
After early cloud and rain it was a lovely afternoon for a bike ride up Glenmore and over Ryvoan. The first of the 3 heathers we have here in Scotland is just out in flower. Bell Heather. This time of year you get to see different flowering plants day by day.
|Adorable Red Squirrels|
|Bell Heather in bloom, bees loving it|
|Mountain Hare, Monadliath|
|At the ready|
|Camouflage in the heather|
|Juvenile, getting towards adult size|
|Patiently waiting for food|
It was also lovely to observe and photograph a Golden Plover looking gorgeous in the golden sunshine. This is another ground nesting bird that can be found high up on moorland and sometimes even above 900m in some areas. Their instantly recognisable call is usually the first signs they are close by before actually seeing them.
|Nice afternoon sun|
I had a wander around the plateau, avoiding the paths as much as possible. Quieter
but mostly to try and find some of our wonderful wildlife. Namely Ptarmigan and Dotterel. It's that time of year when the young should have hatched so it would have been nice to see some chicks about. In the end I saw no adults of either species never mind any youngsters.
|The Ciste Mhearad snow|
|Juvenile Ring Ouzel|
|Happy not to fly off very far today|
|Stag Rocks above Loch A'an|
|Golden sands and beautiful blue waters of A'an|
|Shelterstone Crag & Carn Etchachan|
|Coire an Lochain, late afternoon|
|Coire an Lochain|
|Hiding Mountain Hare|
|Heath Spotted Orchid|
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Some wildlife watching and photography last two days. We have some very easy walking around the many lochs and lochans in the Strathspey region. All within short travel distance or on foot/bike from the middle of Aviemore. Thankfully Saturday was a bit more comfortable temperatures after another scorcher on Friday. Saturday evening we had an half hour weather window after rain. Enough time for a lovely photograph session with a Lapwing on the Dava Moor.
|Juvenile looking a bit damp|
|Delightful baby bunny in Clova|
|I counted at least 50 in this group of Greylaggs|
|A very fast Roe Deer|
|Looks like rain|
|No, sun came out|
|Lochindorb, nice evening|
|After the rain|