Red Squirrel. Much-loved and one of the signature mammals
A quick visit to the Scottish Highlands in October allowed Gina to scout for future tours in the spectacular Cairngorms National Park, the UK's largest National Park just 40 minutes from Inverness. This stunning, wildlife-filled area is covered with Caledonian pine forest where such specialties as Crested Tit, Capercaillie, and Scottish Crossbill can be found. A private wildlife hide in the forest yielded incredibly close views of Pine Marten and Badger and a visit to the west coast found us White-tailed Sea Eagle, Arctic Loon, Eurasian Otter and a host of other specialties. An early morning at a Black Grouse lek on private land found 14 males displaying and Red Grouse could be seen by the roadside! The area also offers Red Kite, Golden Eagle, Ptarmigan, Dotterel, Ring Ouzel, Redstart, and nesting Atlantic Puffins at other times of the year. Below are a few snapshots and videos. Stay tuned for upcoming tours to this wonderful area!