RSPB Osprey Centre - Cairngorms National Park, Scotland
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- Last month, I spent the whole month in Scotland. It was incredible.
- I had always dreamed of visiting Scotland, and my expectations were met. Especially in Cairngorms National Park.
- Cairngorms National Park is the largest national park in Scotland and located a few hours north of Glasgow.
- Animals that inhabit the park include roe deer, red deer, fallow deer, reindeer, red squirrels, hundreds of bird species including pheasant and capercaillie, pine martens, lynx, and stoats.
- I was lucky enough to see quite a few of these species on my trip.
- One of the highlights was the photo blind at the RSPB Osprey Centre.
- Despite its name, I did not see any osprey while I was there. That was fine with me though, as I was there for red squirrels.
- Sitting in the photo blind for several hours a day, I never got a photo of a red squirrel in the perfect position I wanted.
- I did get several photos, however, and also some videos of great spotted woodpeckers, a crested tit, and some other small songbirds.
- You can see the video of them all on my YouTube channel.
- For only £5, adults can get a ticket to sit in the blind throughout the day.
- I was able to get some great photos, completely filling the frame even with small songbirds.
- There are a lot of staff there that are extremely knowledgeable and often spot small birds and let the guests know what to look for.
- Down at the welcome hut, there is a small area where birds and red squirrels frequent a patch of forest.
- It is free to stand here and easy to get some really close photos, though it is quite dark.
- This is where I got all of the photos of red squirrels.
- Fun fact: only in Scotland do a population of red squirrels develop a blonde tail! This makes for great pictures.
- All in all, I highly recommend visiting the RSPB Osprey Centre if you visit Cairngorms National Park.
- I spent about four days there total and got some great pictures by doing so.
- Whether or not you see a ton of wildlife, the park is gorgeous and you will have a great time.