Welcome to Watching Nature.
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 to see species data.
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
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
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.
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.
When picking any
fungus for consumption, caution should be exercised at all times
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
Cameras and Lenses used:
| Nikon D40X, Nikon D5200, Nikon D500, Panasonix Lumix LX5, Nikon Coolpix
||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.
|| Leica 65 Televid Spotting Scope