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The Wildlife Journals

Postby wildlifejournals » Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:44 pm

Hi everyone, we’re Kirsten and Elliot.

We started our blog after an incredible 15 week trip to New Zealand, Australia and the West Coast of America. During this time we experienced some amazing wildlife encounters such as watching Penguins in New Zealand, swimming with Green Turtles in Australia and listening to Wolves howl in Montana.

When we got home to Scotland we wanted a way to share our stories, pictures and tips with other travelers as well as our friends and family. At home in Scotland there is plenty of scope to watch wildlife and with a keen interest in conservation and rewilding we want to highlight the native species of Scotland and how things are changing here.

https://thewildlifejournals.com/

We hope that you will find our posts both enjoyable and useful for any trips you are planning and we look forward to hearing any feedback you may have.

Regards

Kirsten & Elliot
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Re: The Wildlife Journals

Postby wildlifejournals » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:01 pm

Our first post of 2017 is about some brightly tipped and tufted wintering Bohemian Waxwings which i'm sure most of us have seen.

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https://thewildlifejournals.com/2017/01/07/wintering-waxwings/

We hope you enjoy the post and would welcome any feedback.

Kirsten & Elliot
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Re: The Wildlife Journals

Postby wildlifejournals » Mon Jan 09, 2017 9:27 pm

In August we had an incredible experience with a sett of badgers. Read what it's like to be so close to these adorable mammals and get our thoughts on their persecution and bTB.

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https://thewildlifejournals.com/2016/09/13/badger-watching/

We hope you like the post and we are interested to hear everyone else's thoughts.

Kirsten & Elliot.
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Re: The Wildlife Journals

Postby wildlifejournals » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:52 pm

In October we visited the ancient Caledonian pine forest at Loch Garten where we were able to spend some time watching one of the UK's rarest birds, the Crested Tit.

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https://thewildlifejournals.com/2016/11/17/loch-garten/

We hope you enjoy the post.

Kirsten & Elliot
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Re: The Wildlife Journals

Postby wildlifejournals » Sun Jan 15, 2017 2:12 pm

The Ythan estuary is one of North East Scotland's hidden gems for wildlife watching. It's home to a range of coastal species and this summer it had a very rare and special visitor to the area.

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https://thewildlifejournals.com/2016/08/31/ythan-estuary/

We hope you enjoy the post.

Kirsten & Elliot.
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Re: The Wildlife Journals

Postby wildlifejournals » Thu Jan 19, 2017 7:26 pm

RSPB Trouphead is Scotland's only mainland Gannet colony. We visited late last summer when there are thousands of these big and beautiful seabirds squabbling, billing and breeding on the sea cliffs.

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https://thewildlifejournals.com/2016/09/21/rspb-troup-head/

We hope you enjoy the post!

Kirsten & Elliot
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Re: The Wildlife Journals

Postby wildlifejournals » Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:44 pm

On the 26th November 2016 the Scottish Government announced that the beaver is to be given native species status in 2017 and become the first native mammal to be officially reintroduced to the UK. We've been lucky enough to see these ecosystem engineers on a couple of occasions prior to the announcement and are looking forward to a busy summer ahead beaver watching! :)

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https://thewildlifejournals.com/2016/10/27/3/

We hope you enjoy the post.

Kirsten and Elliot
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Re: The Wildlife Journals

Postby wildlifejournals » Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:05 pm

On the South East border of the Cairngorms National Park the Angus Glens are fantastic place for hill walking and wildlife watching. Golden Eagles, Pine Martens and Crossbills can all be seen here but it is also a great place to see and hear Red Deer Stags during the rut. In October we spent a couple of consecutive weekends in the glens hoping to hear a bellow and see a clash of antlers.

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https://thewildlifejournals.com/2016/11/03/the-angus-glens/

We hope you enjoy the post!

Kirsten & Elliot.
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Re: The Wildlife Journals

Postby wildlifejournals » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:04 pm

Elliot's favourite post so far from a 3 day trip in the Scottish highlands photographing Mountain Hares in increasingly rare snowy conditions with award winning wildlife photographer Andy Parkinson.

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https://thewildlifejournals.com/2017/03/04/mountain-hares/

Thanks for reading.

Kirsten & Elliot.
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Re: The Wildlife Journals

Postby wildlifejournals » Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:37 pm

We had an otterly ridiculous encounter at a local loch recently. :)

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https://thewildlifejournals.com/2017/03/19/a-lucky-encounter/

Thanks for reading

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