Sunday we went to the Highland Wildlife Park and had a guided tour around the place and discussed the arguments for and against species reintroductions into Scotland. This was good as I'd been to the park before, but felt more informed going away. Unfortunately I "lost" my phone, so I didn't take any photos but I loved watching the Amur Tigers, as always, and of course the wolves although there was only wolf wandering its enclosure this time. It was just good to go round with college mates and go back to familiar places. Then we went to the lovely Loch Insh where we sat and watched Ospreys flying overhead for a good hour or so, as well as walking around the loch to find many orchids and other wonderful plants (a highlight for me). Then we went on a late afternoon stroll up Craigellachie behind the hostel at which we were staying. That was probably the fullest day of the lot as the weather started turning...
|Early Purple Orchid at Loch Insh|
|Heath Spotted Orchid at Loch Insh|
|On the way up the Craigellachie trail|
|Cairn on Craigellachie|
|Lochan next to the cairn|
|Lecturer looking at montane flora|
|Catching sight of a Ptarmigan at the end of the Cairngorm hike|
Think I enjoyed Tuesday the most as it was my beloeved Abernethy and their was a talk by Ian Perks, head warden, a nice guy and very knowledgeable. Had a lovely long walk through the old woods and saw none other than a capercaille in flight! So in regards to birds I've seen Dotterel on Creag Meagaidh, Osprey at Loch Insh (and a few other places), Ptarmigan on Cairngorm and Capercaille at Abernethy.
|Walking with lecturers and Ian Perk, Warden for Abernethy|
|Lovely woods as always|
|Discussing management of the woods and surrounding landscape|
|Loch Garten. Need I say more?|
|Powerful overflowing river on the trail makes for an interesting contrast to lazy chalk streams of England|
|Nice bit of interp at Cairngorm Plateau base|
Thursday we saw dolphins. Lots of them. It was planned for Wesdnesday but the weather was too bad. We were glad we changed the date as it worked out well. Went out with Ecoventure in RIBs on the Moray Firth and saw tons of dolphins. Unfortunaley I missed the seabird colonies due to raging sea sickness, but that cleared quickly. Thankfully the dolphin spotting was good enough to make me forget about it.
|Spot where we first watched some dolphins breach the waters and also some sea birds before going on the boats.|
|Going out on to the Moray Firth in a RIB|
Thanks for reading.