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Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve

I've just returned from a wet week walking and cycling with a couple of friends on Royal Deeside, Grampian. We stayed in a lovely remote little cottage named Monandavan in the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve which should have given me plenty of opportunities to photograph wildlife, but the weather curtailed my activities somewhat. I did, however manage to get a few so I will be posting them over the next day or two.


Monandavan:





A forest "privvy" nearby, probably no longer in use:





A tiny micro moth:





Lunch!





This very obliging red squirrel posed for me, very dim under the trees so ISO 1600:




And time to try out my recently aquired 7-14mm:





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Re: Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve

David,
I really like 3,4,5, and 6. I tried out the 7-14 on the Skye weekend and it has such a field of view. I had to make sure my feet weren't in shot sometimes.
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Re: Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve

Nice photos, especially the red squirrel.

Is there an abandoned barn/workshop behind the house – if so, we stayed there a few years ago and had similar weather to you!

Did you manage to get in to see the Burn O’Vat, and do some of the walks and cycles on the nearby Glen Tanar estate?
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Re: Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve

Hi Chris,

Yes there is a barn/stables behind which is partly derelict and the "privvy" is just down the wooded track beyond the house. We did the Burn-o-vat last year when we stayed at a different cottage on the estate and we always cycle over to Glen Tanar from the cottages, one of our favourite rides. Another one is to cycle up Glen Muick on the North side, past the Falls of Muick and then up over the hills to the North finishing up at Abergeldie on the South Deeside road.

My favourite area in all of Scotland!

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Re: Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve

A lovely set of images. I live not too far from Dinnet, and my first scout camp (many moons ago) was at Muir of Dinnet, beside the long since abandoned village between Lochs Davan & Kinnord.
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Re: Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve

David lovely set of shots ! love the cottage, love the RED Squirrel lots and love the privy ! ... that creature eating the mushroom ...is a bit yukky
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Re: Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve

Thank you everybody for the comments. Just a few more from the reserve.

A large "colony" of Spotted Orchid in a wet woodland glade:








A Willow Warbler These were everywhere, even more around the cottage than sparrows or Chaffinches:





A tiny Speedwell flower with an even tinier fly:





Meadow Pipit:





Common Gull:





A Click Beetle:





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Re: Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve

David EVEN more fantastic shots ! Thanks for sharing !
I searched for places with the Orchids, to visit and tog - them other day, at a friends pond, I discovered some where the Bee Orchids are !

BTW a ? of Identity of a little bird, finch size, tawny brown with a white spot/area on its head ? any ideas ?
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