Some of our clients and friends have encouraged us to create this page to share a handfulof our images of the 'Caper', one of Britain's most vulnerable birds. So, here it is .....
With the necessary permissions, we have been most fortunate to have been given assisted access to photograph these magnificent birds at their leks. For this, we convey our grateful thanks to all concerned.
You will know that, for some time, Capercaillie have been is serious decline in Scotland. They are considered to be critically endangered. Strathspey, located in the central Highlands, is the last bastion of these Turkey-sized members of the Grouse family.
With the present population estimated to be teetering at only about one-thousand, it is far easier to spot a Golden Eagle than a Capercaillie.
The shy and elusive Capercaillie is rarely seen and easily disturbed. Photographing these birds is a careful, meticulous and time-consuming process which necessitates the use of a comfortable hide and absolute silence.
The three images of Capercaillie, as above, are available as large limited edition prints of up to 39 inches wide. These create a superb feature when professionally framed. (Please contact us for specific details and pricing about these.) All other images are available for publication.
It may intererest you to know that in the image at the very top of this page, there are actually ten hen birds. The tenth has her back to the camera and is located in between the most obvious two hen birds on the left of the image. It can be a most difficult task to get these birds to pose properly ........and all at the same time!
On the subject of posing, on very rare occasions, male 'Caper' can become so aggressive and territorial that they will attack almost anything, including humans. During such extraordinary encounters, the hunter (the photographer) becomes the hunted! The image, above, features one such bird. Astonishingly, it flew down from a tree, posed briefly for the camera, then launched a vicious and unprovoked assault with its battering wings and sharp beak. That was an experience!
The rest of our covertly-taken selection of photographs feature normally behaved, elusive Capercaillie. Enjoy this small sample of our images.