Photographs of Capercaillie at Leks in Strathspey and Cairngorm area, within the Cairngorms National Park, in the Scottish Highlands - Photography of Cairngorm Wildlife & Aerial Imaging

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The Capercaillie of Strathspey
Some of our clients and friends have encouraged us to create this page to share a handful of 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.

Critically Endangered
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 only as 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 uncropped verions 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 lifeless, 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.

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0470

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Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0510

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Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0593

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Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 5805

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Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 5809

Caper 5809 medium for hotel.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 8897

Caper 8897 cropped to landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 8900

Caper 8900 cropped to landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 8901

Caper 8901 cropped to landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0458

Caper J5C0458 cropped.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0470

Caper J5C0470 cropped.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0493 f

Caper J5C0493 flipped.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0496

Caper J5C0496.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0509 C

Caper J5C0509 cropped.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0510

Caper J5C0510.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0559 B

Caper J5C0559 banner.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0593

Caper J5C0593.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 6198

Caper_J5C6198 flared.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 6207

Caper_J5C6207.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0232 PF

Capercaillie 0232 portrait flipped.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0232

Capercaillie 0232.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0345

Capercaillie 0345 landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0345 P

Capercaillie 0345 portrait.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0416

Capercaillie 0416 landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0348 CL

Capercaillie 0348 cropped landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0348 L

Capercaillie 0348 landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0348 P

Capercaillie 0348 portrait.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0392 P

Capercaillie 0392 portrait.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0416 P

Capercaillie 0416 portrait.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0465 CL

Capercaillie 0465 cropped landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0471 CL

Capercaillie 0471 cropped landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0471

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Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0506 P

Capercaillie 0506 portrait.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0509

Capercaillie 0509.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0534 P

Capercaillie 0534 portrait.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0538 C

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Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0538 L

Capercaillie 0538 landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0559 CL

Capercaillie 0559 cropped landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0574 P

Capercaillie 0574 portrait.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0592 P

Capercaillie 0592 portrait.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0205

Capercaillie at a lek J5C0205.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0231

Capercaillie at a lek J5C0231.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0233

Capercaillie at a lek J5C0233.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0294 C

Capercaillie at a lek J5C0294 cropped.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0296

Capercaillie at a lek J5C0296.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0301

Capercaillie at a lek J5C0301.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0565

Capercaillie at a lek J5C0565.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0581

Capercaillie at a lek J5C0581.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0629

Capercaillie at a lek J5C0629.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0341 CB

Capercaillie at lek J5C0341 cropped banner.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0341 CP

Capercaillie at lek J5C0341 cropped portrait.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0341 C

Capercaillie at lek J5C0341 slightly cropped.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0379

Capercaillie at Lek J5C0379.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0137 CM

Capercaillie hen and cock birds J5C0137 cropped more.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0516

Capercaillie hen in Scots Pine Tree J5C0516.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0317

Capercaillie hens 0317 landscape.jpg

Cairngorm Landscapes Capercaillie 0350

Capercaillie Hens at a lek J5C0350.jpg
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