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The Scottish highlands, the heath and moors, are like no other place on earth, seeming almost melancholy in their starkness at times, serving as inspiration for poets and musicians for centuries. Red Grouse nest in remote areas here, and the terribly elusive Western Capercaillie and Black Grouse haunt woodlands nearby. Photo by guide Willy Perez.
Red Grouse (as Willow Ptarmigan is known in Scotland, where the subspecies scotica has no white plumage in winter) was a confiding subject for photography on the moors of Findhorne, near the village of Farr. Photo by participant Jeanette Shores.
A local Scottish guide, Malcolm O’Reilly, took the group to the forests of Badaguish to search for Western Capercaillie, and it was here that they saw the enigmatic Scottish Crossbill. Photo by guide Willy Perez.