By mid-month, I had recovered enough from January's back injury to risk a short break in the Scottish Highlands. My main target of this trip were Crested Tits, and they performed beautifully.
Glen More, Highland
Crested Tit (Lophophanes cristatus)
Other species coming down to the feeders I set up near the Loch Morlich campsite included Blue Tits, Coal Tits and Chaffinches.
Insect life was quite difficult to find most of the time as the cold wet weather was not conducive to high levels of activity, but was much more apparent during the few sunny spells.
When not sitting by the feeders, I spent most of my time wandering around the forests enjoying the absolutely gorgeous weather. Because I didn't want to risk damaging my back again before it got a chance to properly heal, I left the big lens behind most of the time so missed a few opportunities to photograph a couple of small feeding flocks of Scottish Crossbills I encountered on my walks.
The only longish walk I took my big lens along with me was up the Northern Corries of Cairngorm to photograph Ptarmigan. The Ptarmigan here are relatively easy to find and are used to human activity so can be approached quite closely without disturbing them.
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