Lekking at Glen Tanar

May 11, 2015  •  1 Comment
Following on from Emma's blog about our time spent at Glen Tanar I thought I would share with you in a little more detail my time spent at the Black Grouse lekking ground.
 
Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people
 
Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people
The day began early and before first light I met with the ranger who would take me up to the hide from where I would 'hopefully' witness the action. Unfortunately the weather was not favourable which would make photography challenging throughout the morning. Raining on my entering the hide, I settled down to await daybreak, I must admit it is quite a frustrating period of time when you can hear the lekking but it is all taking place in the dark. Once daylight did arrive sadly a thick mist accompanied it meaning I still struggled to see enough to capture images. When finally the mist did lift the sight before me was fantastic and one I hadn't witnessed before with at least 25 males in action. This made it the biggest lek I had seen and a spectacle every bird watcher and nature photographer should see in their lifetime.
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Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people
Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people
Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people
It was also nice to see a good number of female Grouse coming in during the latter part of the morning and interesting to watch them choosing their preferred mate.  Both the sight and the sound of a Black Grouse lek are truly awesome and despite the light not really improving through the morning, and many images being binned, I did manage a few, some of which I have shared with you in this blog. By 10am I had been picked up and had arrived back at the cottage for a much needed breakfast. Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people
Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people
Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people
Black GrouseBlack GrouseImages of British wildlife, Birds, animals and country scenes and people
If you are booked in to one of the cottages at Glen Tanar or are holidaying in the area, the hides for hire offered by the Glen Tanar Estate are well worth booking, spacious and all set up for you and featuring a wide variety of birds to watch including but not limited to Osprey, Golden Eagle, and of course Black Grouse. You won't regret a session in any of the hides.
 For more information contact - GLEN TANAR PHOTOGRAPHIC HIDES
 

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simone(non-registered)
Hi,

Very nice portfolio. I am thinking of booking a hide next year, somewhere in the Cairngorms.. As I am from Holland, there will be hardly a chance to do it over. So could you advice me on the equipment (best lenses) needed? I would be very grateful.

Regards,
Simone
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