Peregrine Falcon: I spent a lot of my free time at the very lovely Tarbet Ness, this is located at the end of the peninsular and is a well know site to go and see the resident Bottlenose Dolphin's.
Razorbill: Although I visited Tarbet Ness several times I never saw any dolphin's but I did see plenty of great birds.
Gannet: On a typically scottish windy day I saw several dozen Gannet get blown in close to the cliffs and over the sea.
Fulmar: The cliffs had good numbers of Fulmar hanging and gliding on the win.
Yellowhammer: In the car park someone has kindly put up a couple of bird feeders and it's well worth winding the car window down, waiting and watching the Yellowhammer come for a feed, these birds are simply stunning and brighten up any wet, windy scottish day.
Black-throated Diver: I discovered a little gem of a reserve, it wasn't really that huge, basically it's just a bird hide but it was great and a place I visited a number of times.
Pheasant: Post survey, and after a long tough walk up a steep hill. Then sitting in the rain and wind for six hours this Pheasant and I hads a lot in common.
Drenched to the bone.
I was happy to share my sandwich with him.
Crossbill: I also found another lovely little reserve just outside of Tain near Skelbo called Loch Fleet.
It was one of the few places I saw Crossbill.
Hooded Crow: The reserve is located at the end of a golf course which turned out to be a really good place to see Hooded Crow foraging on the fairway.
Siskin: The Scots Pine were full of typical woodland species.
Ringed Plover: Down on the shore was a good place to see Dolphin, typically I didn't see any, but I was happy to see Ringed Plover.
Slavonian Grebe: One of the best places to see slav grebes in the highlands has to be RSPB's Loch Ruthven reserve located south-west of Inverness.
Bottlenose Dolphin's: After not seeing any dolphin at Tarbet Ness or outside the cottage I was staying in I decided to take a trip to a more reliable site, Chanonry Point.
I certainly did as I saw an adult teaching a baby to hunt and it was incredible, they came within feet of where I was standing.
Badger: One of the highlights of the trip was spending an evening in Speyside Wildlife Hides at Rothiemurchus.
John was a lovely bloke, very friendly, approachable and he knew his stuff.
Pine Marten: First to arrive was a trio of Badger's, they came in after around 15 minutes wait and started to hover up the scattered peanuts John put out.
Snow Bunting: I spent my weekend hunting Ptarmigan up in the Cairngorms. It took me three trips to finally connect with them.
Ring Ouzel: One of the best places is the car park, simply park up and wait and you will see Ring Ouzel and Snow Bunting feeding around the car park area.
Red Grouse: Step foot on the Cairngorms and it's likely that the fisrt bird you see and hear will be the Red Grouse.
Unfortunately these birds are in the firing line of many hunters across the UK but they are doing really well up here.
Stunning birds close up.
Snow Bunting: Another bird which was abundant on the mountain was the Snow Bunting, many of which were in close to summer plumage.
Ptarmigan: The main reason I spent £24 on the funicular railway and climbed up the side of the mountain not once, not twice but four times was to see this bird.
It was on my fourth and final visit when I finally managed to track them down.
Snow Bunting: There were only two Ptarmigan but both male and female showed really well before flying off and out of sight.
Crested Tit: I've seen cresties in Spain but never in the UK so I was keen to spend some time in and around RSPB's Loch Garten where they are know be showing well.
Coal Tit: The peanut butter was attracting all kinds of birds including this Coal Tit.
Greater-spotted Woodpecker: I was even treated to a hungry woodie.
Siskin: I just parked up, rolled the window down, waited then snapped away. It was easy as that.
Crested Tit: I never got views like this in Spain!!
Willow Warbler: I was lucky as I was able to carry out a number of protected species surveys including cappa surveys.
I also wanted to photograph Red Squirrel, you can't go to the UK's Red Squirrel stronghold and not try your luck.
So I did some reserch and found a lovely little place just outside of Loch Garten in Boat of Garten.
Redstart: Park just off Desher Road, near a small secluded car park then follow the sights to a viewing area next to a feeding station and information boards.
Crested Tit: Unfortunately I didn't see any Red Squirrels at this location but I did see some cresties, male Redstart and got treated to some decent views of Willow Warbler.
Red Squirrel: If you're staying in Aviemore and want to see Red Squirrels I would highly recommend The Potting Shed Tea Rooms at Inshriach Nursery.
Crested Tit: Love cresties.
Red Kite: You can't spend a month on the Highlands and not visit Tollies Red Kites Feeding Centre.
Eider: Paul from Stagfire took me back to Loch Fleet and we drove down the Skelbo marine drive as he wanted to show me the resident Seals.
Seals: This was part of Loch Fleet Nature Reserve that I didn't come across on my last visit and it's a great place to see these lazy looking Seals.
Osprey: Having had a pretty rubbish experience at Loch Garten I spent a lot of time watching Osprey at Loch Insh.