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The Cairngorms

Views of the Cairngorms and Loch Morlich in Aviemore, Scotland.

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Snow Bunting

Snow buntings on Cairngorm mountain, Aviemore.

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Chaffinch

A bonnie wee male chaffinch posing in the snow at Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms.

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The Stunning Cairngorms

The Cairngorms is a truly stunning place and I highly recommend a visit.  My shots were taken on a chilly but sunny day with all of the snow at high level.  The scenes below include Cairngorm mountain near Aviemore, home to the best snow sports in Scotland, however, on the day there was little activity due to the lack of snow on the slopes.  My plan to revisit the following day was put on hold due to an overnight 20cm fall of snow, which would no doubt have resulted in the imminent resumption of activities on the mountain.

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Wintry Aviemore

As Billy Connolly once said ‘There are two seasons in Scotland, June and winter…
in Scotland, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.’
To say the weather in Scotland is changeable is an understatement.  Only 24 hours earlier it was a fantastically sunny and clear day, albeit crisp – a perfect spring day.  The Highlands in Scotland are beautiful (or bonnie) but even more so when the landscape is completely changed by the arrival of snow.  The shots below were taken at a desolate Loch Morlich, Aviemore, with the vast majority of the snow untouched.

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Snow Bunting

A few shots of a Snow Bunting taken on Cairngorm mountain in Scotland.  The snow bunting is very scarce in the UK with only a few breeding pairs however, during winter they are joined by approximately 15,000 migrants.

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Snow Leopard

A few shots of a stunning snow leopard taken at the Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie, Scotland.

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Chaffinch in the snow

A few shots of a male Chaffinch in the snow at Loch Morlich in the Cairngorms.

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Brrrr, from the last few weeks….

Although I am Scottish and supposed to be acclimatised to the driech weather, it does come as a shock to the system when we get these occasional cold snaps down south.  Indeed, spare a thought for some of the poor wee blighters below whose daily diet is ruined by the white nasty stuff that is snow.  If scraping for food is not enough, I caught the picture below of a hungry Sparrowhawk (at a distance), which had rested on a neighbour’s roof whilst terrifying a flock of birds of the smaller variety.  I also managed to take some final pictures of the Waxwings, whose numbers have definitely dwindled (as have the berries), and who by now are probably tucked up safe and sound back home in their Scandinavian nests.

Blackbird chilling Sparrowhawk on the hunt on neighbours roof A well fed Waxwing Blackbird braving the snow Waxwing 3 (2) Waxwing 4 (2) Chaffinch 5 (2) An energetic Hare Hare Bird on a wire

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