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 was nature-watching on his own from March 2020 until 2nd May 2021. The  Blogs during that time were 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.


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


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 not.

Brown Rat
Roe Deer
Common or Harbour Seal

Cameras and Lenses used:

Smart iPhone 8,  iPhone 12 mini.
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