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 now estimated to be less than 700, 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.
Large Limited Edition Professional Photographs
The three unique images of Capercaillie, above, are available onlyas large limited edition prints of up to 98 cm wide. These are professionally produced on Fuji Crystal Archive lustre paper and create a superb feature when professionally framed. The photograph produced from the uncropped image at the top of this page measures approx' 98 x 42 cm. The photographs produced from the second and third uncropped images both measure approx' 76 x 51 cm.
The full and uncroppedverions of all three images are displayed immediately below. Use your mouse to freeze, or slide between the images. (Incidentally, the quality of the actual photographs is far more clear and vivid than the heavily compressed images created with the limitations of the internet!)
All photographs are priced at £65, which includes insured UK-only postage, in a robust tube. If you would like to purchase more than one of the photographs, each subsequent photograph is priced at just £58. Payment is only accepted via Paypal which provides further guarantees. Please contact us by text, e-mail, or phone for your order and payment details.
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!
The Rogue Caper
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.