I won't describe what we did each day in detail as Steve is doing a superb job of this on his blog. I did take quite a few photos (surprise, surprise) so I'll stick 'em on here with a few captions.There aren't as many nice ones as I'd have hoped for because on the first night of the holiday disaster struck, when I accidentally (obviously) deleted all that day's photos. I'll put it down to being tired, not being stupid! I could recover the photos at home but only if I didn't use that camera any more (Note to self. Buy a spare card, coz it'll probably happen again). I therefore had to rely on the old super-zoom and my back up digiscoping camera which I'm not very good with. I didn't get photos of everything but here's a selection of what I did get.
I think this Red Grouse is an older male than the one above....
judging by the size of that eyebrow!
Female Red Grouse
Great Northern Diver.
Stunning birds. Bird of the trip candidate for sure.
White-billed Diver. Obviously!! ;-)
Gorgeous Eiders. My favourite ducks, the call is as good as the colour.
Great views of hundreds of these on the Ythan Estuary made up somewhat for dipping the King Eider, which was back there the day after us!
She looks a tad on the pregnant side to me. Aaah!
Rock cunningly fashioned into shape of crashed car? ...or do I need help?
Somewhere on the west coast.
We saw a superb adult White-tailed Eagle over these here mountains don't you know.
another place we dipped King Eider at, gorgeous beach though.
View from atop of Cairngorm
The Cairngorm Centre car park was worryingly full...
We were crammed into the cars of the funicular railway like sardines.It was the last weekend of the snow sports season!! Steve makes like a tourist..which is of course what we were!
Nick struggles to see past the hoards of skiers
Steve spots the Ptarmigan from the edge of the intermediate snowboard run.
Various Ptarmigan watching shots.
You can see how little snow was actually left on the ski runs. It was plenty good enough to accommodate around 200 skiers though!
Steve photographing Loch Thingamajig
They have every angle of Loch Oojamaflip covered.
That Black-throated Diver's there somewhere.
Gourmet lunch at the Nethy Bridge Spar shop..
Steve chose a cake in his favourite colour.
First and best. Watching the Black Grouse lek on day one.
Towards the end of a long day, Bun tries to squeeze the last dregs out of his flask.
We saw two Golden Eagles over the hills in the background a couple of days later. Yes we did all fit in that car....though I don't know how!
Finally, I was taking a photo from the Loch Garten ( I remember that one) hide when I thought it would make a good demonstration subject for showing the capability of the Canon SX1 super-zoom. I took four photos thus.
The Osprey nest is between the two sets of trees and barely visible.
Full optical zoom (20x)
Digital zoom (40x)
Full digital zoom (80x). Pretty nifty really.