Today we spent another 5 hours in the minibus, arriving back in Falmouth just after lunchtime. Continuing with the highlights of our adventures in Cairngorms National Park from the rest of the team:
My absolute highlight of the trip is photographing the deer in the snow – it was such a magical and beautiful experience! My second highlight is the snow bunting which we were lucky to find! Lastly, the sense of achievement after climbing all the mountains and hills! It was 100% worth it!
I think the highlight of the trip for me was photographing the Red Deer close up and then getting lucky with the weather, the snow was unexpected but welcomed by all on the trip. It’s probably safe to say that everyone on the trip came away with something they will remember for many years to come.
The Cairngorms has been an experience I won’t soon forget!
My personal highlights:
This trip to Cairngorms has given us many awesome moments with wildlife and great opportunities to photograph them. Although Cairngorms had me sun/wind-burned and chilled to the bone at times, this past week has been incredible and I think I am in love with Cairngorms! I managed to tick over 20 species off by my British bird list during the trip, with the most special birds being the ptarmigan and crested tit. I am amazed by the amount and variety of wildlife Cairngorms holds. Nature always take us by surprise and here are my top 3 moments from the trip (all surprises!):
I found this years Cairngorms crew exceeding themselves with their photography and the work ethic has been fantastic. We have had a couple of first time experiences this year, photographing the deer and seeing boxing hare’s in such close range. I can’t really pinpoint any highlights because the whole trip has been a fantastic experience. I would like to personally thank everyone who was on the trip, especially David for his relentless hard work and dedication.
My favourite wildlife moment of the trip was watching the brown hares boxing. I have never seen such aggression between hares and to see it so close-up with everyone able to enjoy it was a rare privilege.
The moment of greatest satisfaction was spotting the pair of ptarmigan on Cairngorm just as I thought we might have missed the opportunity. It was made extra special by the confiding nature of this pair of birds and the fact that most of the group got great photos of them.
The greatest pleasure I have from leading this trip was to witness the excitement of the students as they photographed some of the very special wildlife of the area. I am delighted that all the students had a really good time and I would like to thank Mark Wallwork for his tireless commitment to the trip. He is always prepared to go the extra mile to help the students and does everything with a smile on his face. Without him it wouldn’t have been possible.
The banter on the trip was excellent and I promise not to mention the flag again!
So this blog marks the end of our trip to Cairngorms National Park. These past 10 days have been the best time of my life, with all the wildlife surrounding me and the most brilliant team with the same passion for nature. It has been a privilege to be on this year’s team. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so much at a dinner table before, and the long rides on the minibus would be so boring without the banter. I think I have to thank Josh especially for putting up with my sleeping style on the minibus, sorry for head-butting you…
I would also like to, on behalf of everyone, thank David and Mark for their hard work in organising the trip, guidance throughout the journey, and most importantly for making the trip so much fun! This trip wouldn’t be the same without you two’s chemistry :’)
It has been my absolute pleasure to blog on behalf of the team. Although stressful at times, I am very happy to be able to share the happiness and excitement we had in the Cairngorms National Park. Josh and Carys will be curating an exhibition to showcase our work, and a few people will be putting together footage to create films so keep an eye out for them as well!
I am feeling the post-Cairngorms blues already – Cairngorms I will be back very soon!
Hope you have enjoyed the blog! 🙂
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