Visitors in the Night

After our visit to Mull last month we spent a few days on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. The place where we stayed was quite special.
A little online research had found the lodges for rent and they looked ideal. Not only was the place in a nice secluded area and exceptionally well appointed, it had Badgers that visited regularly, Orchids growing in the lawns and bird feeders chock-a-bloc with Redpolls and Siskins.
However best of all there was a white plate, a spoon and a jar of blackcurrant jam in the porch. These were used each evening to attract little visitors to the veranda. Having Pine Martens a few feet from your face is a marvellous experience and one in which we revelled. These fast moving mammals were difficult to photograph and the low light levels were a challenge but Scotland in June yields light evenings and early mornings and on a couple of occasions we were visited during full daylight.

Pine Marten

4 Responses to “Visitors in the Night”

    • Jul 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you Nigella – they are endearing creatures but move quickly and in low light are a nightmare to photograph so I was pleased to get one or two lucky shots.

  1. 3 Malcolm
    Jul 3, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Brilliant post and pic. That is an animal I would love to see/photograph. Something very special.


    • Jul 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      Thanks Malcolm. There are several places where you can go to see/photograph Martens in Scotland but you just have to be lucky to see them in daylight. I ran a mammal tour last year up to Scotland and we watched one run down the road in front of our vehicle … that’s the usual view we get. We were privileged this year to watch for some time two individuals that visited our chalet where we were staying two or three times each night and several times in the day.

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