Welcome to Watching Nature.

Azure Damselfly
Juvenile Black Tern
Bulbous Buttercup

 

The main thrust of the site is nature-inspired digital photography.

The Blog describes our expeditions on a Sunday to photograph nature in action at venues all over Scotland, weather, and breakfast venue, permitting. Due to Covid 19 restrictions, Jim has been nature-watching on his own since March 2020. The latest Blogs have been the product of local exercise walks and observations in his garden.. We've added an Archive menu option where you can " visit "  the places we've been since 2015.

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

While in the galleries, click on this Information Icon to see species data.

Maps

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. Update: This should be fixed now. Please contact us if you find a watermarked map

Nesting 

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

Wildflowers

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 or as food.


Fungi

When picking any fungus for consumption, caution should be exercised at all times


Copyright

All  photographs on this site are conditional copyright  free, but this 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.



Brown Rat
Roe Deer
Common or Harbour Seal


Cameras and Lenses used:

Bodies:
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. Sigma 105 mm Macro lens.
Attachments: Leica 65 Televid Spotting Scope