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Sessions / Red Squirrel Photography Hide

In ancient pine forest setting

In partnership with Rothiemurchus Estate

Set within the ancient Caledonian pine forest this hide is located in prime red squirrel habitat. Surrounded by towering old pine trees and glorious silver birch all set amongst a carpet of heather, there is an endless array of images for you to challenge yourself to achieve. Choose from intimate portraits, sitting on gnarled stump perches, jumping, running & chasing, behavioural, feeding, the list goes on as there are many other spontaneous opportunities for you to try and capture.

Available all year round allowing you to see the squirrels in all seasons. From winter when they are in full winter coats with large ear tufts and of course the chance of snow. Autumn when the birch trees foliage has turned golden yellow offering stunning autumnal backgrounds. Summer should also not be overlooked with the squirrels in their redder pelage and once mid August arrives the chance to photograph them amongst the heather in its splendid purple bloom.

In the hide there is ample room for 4 guests plus their gear, there are viewing hatches on three sides of the hide, the front and one on each side, allowing you to photograph a wide area of the forest. Comfortable armchairs allow you to enjoy the squirrels in comfort whilst drinking the Tea/coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits which are provided. Distance to the hide is a 10-minute gentle walk from parking area, which includes one small incline.

On the day of your visit I will meet you at a pre-arranged location on Rothiemurchus and accompany you to the hide where I will then show you how to make the most of the session.  Then I will leave you to concentrate and enjoy the squirrels returning at the end of your session to guide you back out. If you wanted a fully guided sessions they are available. Please contact me for further information regarding these.

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Cost:

  • £80 per person for a morning or afternoon session.
  • £130 per person for a full day session.
  • £200 per person if you book 3 consecutive ½ day sessions (can be either morning or afternoon or a mixture of both. )
  • £250 Exclusive hide use ½ day session if you want hide to yourself or your own group.
  • £420 Exclusive hide use for full day session if you want hide to yourself or your own group.

Group Size: 4 max.

Equipment

  • Digital DSLR or Mirrorless type system
  • Large telephoto from 500mm-600mm for fuller frame images
  • 100-400mm or similar are great to vary shots.
  • Shorter zoom like 24-70mm useful for in habitat type images.
  • Tripod
  • Beanbags and plates to attach gimbal or mono ball heads are supplied in hide.
  • A Gitzo Fluid Gimbal head is also available to loan.
Clothing
  • Warm jacket as you are sitting in the hide for 4 hours or longer.

Fitness

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Distance to the hide is a 10-minute gentle walk from parking area, which includes one small incline.

Accommodation

Accommodation can be provided, on a B&B basis.
For further information please call or email.