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petewalkden

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Professional wildlife photographer and guide, based in the Highlands of Scotland.

Wildlife photography workshops available from me, on a 1-to-1 or 1-to-2 basis all year round.

See website for details.

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An otter bringing ashore a large dogfish for its dinner. We watched this amazing sight from our hiding places along the shore nearby.

She turned the fish over, bit into it, and ate some of the internal organs, leaving most of it behind.

A horrific end for the fish, but a highly nutritious meal for the otter.

Taken silently with a Canon R7 and RF100-500mm, during a workshop I was running on Mull.

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A puffin, sitting amongst the bluebells this week, on the Isle Of Lunga, Scotland.

I absolutely love visiting this island, off the coast of Mull.

Taken with a Canon R5 and RF100-500mm lens.

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I'm working on Mull at the moment, running wildlife photography workshops.

While otters and eagles are most sought after, these stunning great northern divers in their breeding plumage are proving to be a real distraction.

Taken with a Canon R7, EF500mm and 2x TC.

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Definitely one of the most vibrant birds that spends the breeding season in parts of the Scottish Highlands is the Slavonian grebe.

It was worth lying in the wet mud at the edge of the loch to capture some images in the spring sunshine.

Canon R5, EF 500mm + 1.4TC

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One of the benefits of the location that I have access to for photographing the red squirrels that live there, is the light.

In the mornings, it cascades through the trees lighting up the edges of anything it reaches.

Such as this squirrel, that was making its way up a tree.

To do this, you need to expose the image for the bright elements, which throws the rest to shadow.

Canon R5 and RF100-500mm.

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Red Deer.

A stag, settling down for the night, as the sun sets behind him, turning the snow-covered hills amber.

Spectacular scenery for a majestic animal. From a day out in the Scottish Highlands.

Captured with a Canon R5 and EF24-105mm.

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On dreary (dreich) days like today and yesterday, I find myself daydreaming of spring and summer, and soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of seabird colonies like that on the Isle Of Lunga, part of the Treshnish Isles, west of Mull.

Here's a cheerful puffin, to brighten up your day.

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Back out on the hills today in search of mountain hares for my client.

With patches of snow around, spotting the hares is harder than usual, but we enjoyed great views of two individuals, and took a few photos before the forecast rain arrived, and we headed down again.

Here's a photo of one of the hares, chilling out, stretching its paws out in front.

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Mountain Hare.

With strong winds forecast later, and rain with them, we headed out on to the hills early today, and managed to squeeze in a decent session for a workshop with the hares.

This one was sitting as they do, with its back to the gusty weather, but perhaps soaking up some of the winter sunshine.

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Mountain Hare.

From a rather blustery workshop today, here in the Scottish Highlands.

We were able to approach two hares which were both relaxed with us being there.

This one spent quite some time grooming, which was lovely to observe.

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Badger - I was lucky to be invited to stay with my clients this week, in a beautiful cottage in Glen Feshie.

During the days, I was guiding them to see mountain hares, but during the evenings, we would watch from the windows to see the local badgers visiting.

I rarely get the chance to see badgers, so this was a treat. They are such beautiful and comical creatures.

Taken with a Canon R5 and RF100-500mm, on mechanical shutter to compensate for the light flickering.

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Kingfisher.

Having heard the call of a kingfisher near a lake I was mooching around in Worcs some years ago, I went for a closer look.

The kingfisher was hunting the edge of the pool where I could see a large shoal of small fish, but there was nowhere suitable for perching to watch and dive from, so it was occasionally hovering over the water instead.

Wonderful to witness, and I captured quite a few images.

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Yellowhammer - such a vibrant coloured bird, especially lit up by winter sunshine, when looking for food in the snow.

#yellowhammer #birdphotography #naturephotography #wildlife #winterwatch

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Mountain Hare - from a stroll up the hills today. It was bitterly cold, but the hares were relaxed and allowed me to get close enough.

Taken with a Canon R5 and RF100-500mm lens.

Always lovely to see in the Highlands Of Scotland.

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Brown Hare - from a remarkable afternoon in Oxfordshire a few summers ago.

Normally brown hares flee at the first sign of movement nearby, yet this one was chilled out and allowed me to slither along on my stomach to get within a few metres.

Having got close, I was reluctant to move away, and was rewarded by being soaked by a passing shower! I did get some weird looks when walking back to my car after, with the front of me bone dry, but the back drenched!

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Mountain Hare.

Taken a few winters ago during a photography workshop I was running here in the Scottish Highlands.

It was difficult conditions for photography as it would be bright sunshine one minute, then gloomy the next, and we had several very heavy blizzards which made focusing on the hare tricky.

But the hare was clearly well insulated, with fresh snow settling on it and not melting.

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Red Grouse.

I think the call from these iconic birds is one of the most distinctive of all UK birds, and carries far across the moors on a still day.

This male was pottering round with his partner, feeding on heather, but as there was a possible rival nearby, he'd call every so often.

The moors were covered with a thick frost, and while it was very cold, it was fantastic to be there.

#RedGrouse #grouse #Highlands #Cairngorms #birdphotography #wildlife #photography

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I hope everyone enjoyed the festive season and here in the UK, are counting the minutes of daylight gained each day...

I don't take many landscape images as I've not got the skill nor patience, but I had to capture the serenity of a still day looking across the Beauly Firth the other day.

Taken with the highly versatile RF100-500mm lens.

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Thanks for all the response to my latest "crestie" image.

Here's one from today, of a red grouse in flight over the snow-covered moors, taken at sunset.

Captured with a Canon R5 and RF100-500mm lens.

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I see my crested tit image from a while ago is being appreciated still, which is lovely to see.

Here's a portrait of one that I saw recently, while I was getting ready for a workshop with these magical little birds.

Taken from a couple of feet away with my Canon RF100-500mm lens.

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Having spent pretty much all of the last fortnight on Mull, guiding for otters, it was refreshing to point my camera at something different yesterday afternoon, albeit still part of a workshop I was running.

I spotted this merlin perched on a grassy mound not far from the road, and after it cleaned for a moment, it took flight.

Taken with a Canon R5 and RF100-500mm lens. 1/2000th, ISO 1000, f/7.1 at 500mm.

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@Robbins Of course, otherwise they'd never sit for photographers. I have to direct them to pose in the best places for photos...

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Crested Tit - I ran my first of the season for these charismatic little birds, and it was heavenly. Beautiful light, fabulous birds and the cresties were on fine form.

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Golden Eagle

On my way home after running a workshop on Mull, I decided to take a detour around some moorland near Inverness.

I certainly got lucky when I spotted two golden eagles circling a hillside, and was surprised to see one drop down into the heather.

Moments later, it took flight with a mountain hare dangling from its talons.

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