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Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

April 4, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - April 6, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

- £650
Calling Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season

Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

Calling Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season, photographed during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

There are four grouse species found in the UK, black grousered grouse, ptarmigan & capercaillie: this Grouse Photography Workshop, which spans two days, has the intention of allowing for great portfolio shots to be achieved of three of the grouse species – the Red Grouse on moorland, the Ptarmigan on the heights of a Scottish mountain plus, of course, the Black Grouse; at the black grouse hides you will see the males strut around in a traditional area, known as a lekking site, the males display whilst making a highly distinctive mating call.

A pair of fighting Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

Our Grouse Photography Holiday includes transportation, two nights accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis, the services of a professional mountain guide to the ptarmigan, moorland guiding to view & photograph the red grouse & an early morning session at what is probably the best black grouse lekking site in Scotland.

Profile of a Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

Rather than use a black grouse site where we need to sleep in a cold hide prior to the morning spectacle, we make use of a site to which we can travel prior to dawn, we enter the hides in darkness, then await the arrival of the black grouse. When they first arrive, it will still likely be too dark to begin photography, but as the sun rises, the dominant Black Grouse male squares up to his challengers. With the females on the sidelines, watching the lek, the males perform their courtship ritual.

A pair of Black Grouse dance around one and other at a lek site in the Cairngorms region of the Scottish Highlands, photographed during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

The itinerary varies for this Grouse Photography Holiday, due to the early start one pair of clients will undertake the ptarmigan climb on the first day, whilst the other pair will have a very early start for the black grouse, upon return to the hotel we will all rest for a few hours, we will head to the red grouse moorland site for golden light towards the end of the day. For the second day, the reverse is applicable for each pair of clients.

Please note: in the event of the primary black grouse lek site not producing the results that we hope for or being in some other way not viable, there is a reserve backup site that may be made use of. Should the second site not be viable either, NaturesLens reserve the right to cancel the holiday, we would rather take this action than our clients have an unsatisfactory experience.

Please register your interest in the booking form below.

Workshop Availability

Maximum 4 clientsSpaces available

Recommended Equipment


We recommend that you dress up warmly for early morning starts – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

For our boat trips, non-slip waterproof boots or wellington boots are recommended. As with most boats water can slosh through the scuppers if the boat rolls so sandals or light pumps can get wet and spoil your enjoyment.

  • Waterproof (and windproof) coat.
  • Warm trousers, preferably waterproof.
  •  Thermal clothing.
  •  Thermal socks.
  •  Non slip waterproof boots or wellington boots (no cleats or studs please).
  • Waterproof cap or hat.
  •  Gloves.
  •  Sunglasses.
  •  Warm fleece for early morning starts and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Sunscreen.
  •  Travel sickness pills.
Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Monopod or tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  •  Camera and lens waterproof cover.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

Additional Notes

The residential workshop itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens residential workshops require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient residential workshop places are not sold the residential workshop may not be run, this residential workshop has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

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April 4, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
April 6, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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