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