Welcome to Watching Nature.


The main thrust of this site is Digital Photography using Nature as a canvas.

The Blog describes our expeditions on a Sunday to photograph nature in action at venues all over Scotland, weather permitting.

Click on  Galleries  for  an index of all the species on the website or click on  Birds, Wildflowers, Insects, or Mammals  for indexed thumbnail images which may help you to identify something you have come across.


We use Google maps on this site for a sense of  where a photograph was taken.
Recently, Google Maps have changed to a commercial use of their map data. Web Sites now  require an access code for each map in order to use Google Maps on their site. The cost  for the use of these maps, for a site like this,  are in the region of pennies or nothing. However, the site will need to apply for a new access code for every location used, which is just not feasable. We have a different method now, but changing to that method will have to take place over time.
Therefore, some map locations will show a ' watermarked ' view of the location while others will show the maps as normal.


In taking pictures of nesting birds, great care is taken to avoid disturbing the birds. A long lens is used at a concealed position some distance from the nest.

On the wildflower pages, we have reproduced some folklore on the history of medicinal properties associated with the flower.

Watching Nature can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

All  photographs on this site are conditional copyright free, but the site uses other conditional copyright photographs and sound files  to enhance the information  section, so please check out the copyright link on these pages  for details of what is allowed and what is not.

Cameras and Lenses used:

Nikon D40X, Nikon D5200, Nikon D500, Panasonix Lumix LX5, Nikon Coolpix
Lenses: Nikon 18-55 mm, Nikon 300 mm zoom, Nikon 150-500 mm zoom,
Sigma 600 mm zoom,
Sigma 1401 Teleconvertor, Raynox DCR-250 Macro Lens.
Attachments: Leica 65 Televid Spotting Scope