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Minsmere is also home to nesting Little Grebes ("Dabchicks"), whose breeding plumage includes a chestnut face and neck as well as a white dot at the base of the bill. From hatching through fledging, chicks peck at this white dot to solicit food from parents. Photo by guide Willy Perez.
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.