The Loch Garten Experience

One of my objectives when staying in the Highlands in wintertime is to visit the RSPB Loch Garten area to spend time photographing the local bird life, particularly the Crested Tit.

Arriving soon after sunrise in chilly temperatures, the loch was like a millpond and shrouded in mist.

Shortly after arriving at the feeding stations a Red Squirrel turned up. It stayed long enough for me to get a few photos such as the one below.

The rest of the time was spent attempting to get some decent photos of the abundance of Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Great Tits and above all, the not so abundant Crested Tit.

The Crested Tits are super little birds and it is always worth the visit to get some great views:

The Coal Tits are so bold they even fed out of my hand a number of times, as well as landing on the camera lenses when food was put there!

Another photographer making the most of the opportunities!

As the sun dipped lower in the sky it was time to leave the loch and head back after getting a few more shots of the loch reflections: