Divers and Puffins

BoatI have spent a couple of weeks in the highlands of Scotland and have returned with some great material all fired up and ready to start painting. I always seem to find inspiration whenever I go there. This time I enjoyed some great weather and made the most of it. I had wanted to visit Loch Maree on the north west coast since watching a documentary on the wildlife of the region on television. I knew that you couldn’t just turn up and see the elusive birds the film makers spend a year filming but ever the optimist off I went. The terrain is wild and spectacular and en route to Loch Maree I drove along the edge of a smaller inland loch and spotted a Red Throated Diver. I parked the car and though I was tempted to get out and get closer I knew that one of the best hides is a car and if I got out it would probably scare it off. So there I was drinking tea from my flask and watching this lovely diver serenley swimming in front of me. I apologise for the quality of the photograph but it was early and the light was poor but it was a great experience.

After my trip to the west coast I returned to Banffshire on the Moray coast to visit Troup Head and it’s colonies of sea birds. I had the pleasure of viewing the birds aboard a cracking little boat named the Puffin. John, the skipper and June his wife do everything in their power to get you as close as possible to the birds and we were fortunate to see Dolphins and Seals as a bonus, although the real bonus was the tea and biscuits June served on the way back to Macduff.