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See Ca­per­cail­lie in sum­mer 2016 on a Scot­tish short break

See Ca­per­cail­lie dur­ing sum­mer 2016 on a...

WHERE CAN YOU en­joy spec­tac­u­lar bird­ing dur­ing sum­mer? Glo­ri­ous scenery, long evenings and the best sum­mer bird­ing in Bri­tain awaits you in the won­der­ful Scot­tish High­lands, so join one of th­ese great value short hol­i­days, where ex­pert guides will help you get the very best bird­ing! Ideal for busy bird­ers who don’t have a full week to spare, th­ese short breaks are or­gan­ised by our friends at Heather­lea. You will en­joy ex­pert guid­ance, and this fully in­clu­sive pack­age also in­cludes 3-star Ho­tel DBB, packed lunches, cour­tesy rail col­lec­tion and a per­sonal check­list. Ev­ery­thing you need! Choose from 4-night, 3-day ‘Short Breaks’, or 3-night, 2-day ‘Bird­ing Bites’. A lovely short break in a beau­ti­ful part of the world! All in­clude a ‘Ca­per­cail­lie Sa­fari’ visit to the Heather­lea Pri­vate Es­tate.

Ca­per­cail­lie-watch­ing at ‘Heather­lea’s Pri­vate Es­tate’

In June, male Ca­per­cail­lie be­gin to moult, and fe­male birds, per­haps with chicks, may be seen. Heather­lea have ac­cess to a lo­cal pri­vate es­tate, deep in the heart­land for ‘The Big Grouse’. Stay­ing in­side ‘mo­bile hide’ minibuses is a big ad­van­tage: we ap­proach birds with­out scar­ing them, and usu­ally the bird is en­joyed by ev­ery­one in the bus, rather than by one or two peo­ple at the front of a group on foot, when birds are more likely to take flight. In sum­mer, birds are gen­er­ally seen on the ground, and some­times stand to at­ten­tion, or slowly walk into the for­est. We pay spe­cial note to ar­eas re­cently cleared of trees, where Ca­per­cail­lie of­ten come to feed. Sight­ings are cer­tainly not guar­an­teed, and we won’t dis­turb the birds just to see them, but Heather­lea has a good rep­u­ta­tion for find­ing the birds – so you re­ally can see Ca­per­cail­lie!

We will search for Ca­per­cail­lie (fe­male top right, male bot­tom right) – pho­tos taken on Heather­lea’s pri­vate es­tate

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