Sunday was looking good for another trek through the local wood for Capercaillie. It was a cracking day as we set off and made our way down to the start of the track where we immediately had 3 Red Squirrel.
The light was still good so it was another trek back up the road to see if we could improve the Red Grouse shots....F-stop took a side road just to see where it would take us and we came up trumps again with these two male Pheasants having a discussion in the middle of the road...
...and a Brown Hare just a bit further down. No shots of that one as we were too close! We headed back to the hotel well pleased with the days haul again.
Monday was our day for travelling home but we had time to squeeze a few things in before we left Speyside. Cairngorm was finally open so we headed for there via Tulloch Moor. The drive across the moor was treacherous but it did produce our first Red Deer in the area, a few Greylag Geese and nothing else. The levels of snow were well down on what had greeted us initially and we could see patches of green in the fields. Again the views were spectacular on the way to Cairngorm....
....and from the car park the frozen Loch Morlich and surrounding area.
We would have taken the funicular but that was out of action due to the snow drifts.
With no real chance of seeing Ptarmigan from the car park we concentrated on the 20 Snow Buntings that were flying around. We did pick up the odd Red Grouse here and there but the Snow Buntings were very flighty and this was the best I could get.
We decided to call time on the Highland Fling and head back to Mull very satisfied with the time we'd had. There wasn't a great deal to report from the return journey but I think there was more sleeping going on than anything else. The view down Loch Linnhe was at it's brooding best.
A stop for a cuppa was worthwhile as we picked up a couple of Otters in Loch Sunart.
Finally there was a bit of fog around that provided the opportunity for some atmospheric shots.