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4 tags and 6 profiles in descriptionPhotograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Golden Eagle Chick - Aquila chrysaetos - Golden eagles favour Scotland’s remotest and most wild areas such as here in the mountains of the Cairngorm National Park. In 2016 a joint RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) survey highlighted a rise in Scotland’s golden eagle population, with more than 500 breeding pairs recorded. The golden eagle is the top predator in the Scottish countryside; it is a massive bird of prey that mainly hunts rabbits and mountain hares but will also catches foxes, young deer and large birds like grouse. It can be seen soaring high in the sky in upland areas and remote glens in the north and west of Scotland. Golden eagles have large home territories, nesting on rocky cliff faces and in trees where it builds a giant nest or ‘eyrie’. These nests are often used by successive generations to rear their own young. Golden eagles pair for life. It's the national bird of Germany, Austria, Mexico and Kazakhstan, and many here in Scotland consider it to be their national bird too. It is revered by many, forming the basis of everything from coats of arms to spiritual customs, and is used to hunt and kill wolves in some countries. Golden Eagles are protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, and classified in the UK as an Amber List species under the Birds of Conservation Concern review - I feel very privileged today to be allowed to accompany the licensed ringers to this nest site somewhere in the Cairngorm National Park as I continue to bear witness to the extraordinary diverse wildlife found here in the highlands of Scotland. In 2/3 weeks time these chicks will walk to the edge of this ledge and launch themselves into the currents of air moving through the glen below, they will soar into the sky above and from there they will rule over this magnificent landscape, apex predators, raptors - to see more from my work here documenting a gamekeepers life in the Scottish highlands follow me here @chancellordavid @magazinegeo @everydayextinction @thephotosociety @natgeo #conserving #cairngormsnationalpark #eagles #goldeneagle my thanks to Scottish National Heritage (SNH)
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4 tags and 7 profiles in descriptionPhotograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - Golden Eagle Chick, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland - working with the licensed ringers again today, this time our raptors are ‘slightly more intimidating’ 😉 - I have to say having climbed the cliff face and lowered myself down onto the ledge hosting the eagles nest the first thing I said on being greeted by this beautiful creature wasn’t wow, but rather **ck ...but it’s SO amazingly gorgeous 🦅💚 and not a little intimidating to say the least - standing here right now somewhere in the Cairngorm National Park with @maclennangarry watching the ringers do their work, documenting a gamekeepers life for @magazinegeo - to see more of this later and the continuation of my work here in the highlands, follow me here @chancellordavid @thephotosociety @everydayextinction and @natgeo #conserving #cairngormsnationalpark #eagles #goldeneagle
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6 tags and 6 profiles in descriptionPhotograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - a Barn Owl chick gets its first sight of the outside world. We have licensed ringers here on the estate today, the owlets were carefully removed from the nesting boxes, measured, weighed, and an identification ring put on the leg, then they were placed safely back in the nest boxes. Once fledged this will allow them to be easily identified as originating from the estate, the date born, and their development from that point onwards. From the weight, we estimate this brood to be around 49 days old. The beautiful moon face is now fully evident, and the soft down which kept the chick warm when born, and up to this point, is being replaced by flight feathers. They should fledge; leave the nest box around 56 days, and be fully developed at 63 days. The next time I see these birds will almost certainly be when they’re out hunting at twilight in a month or so. Couldn’t help but wish them well in the outside world 💚🦉Without doubt one of my favourite birds here in the Cairngorm National Park, on Invermark Estate #invermarkestate - documenting a gamekeepers life for @magazinegeo - to see more of my time here, follow me @chancellordavid @thephotosociety @everydayextinction and @natgeo #cairngormsnationalpark #scotland #conserving #owls #barnowls
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7 tags and 5 profiles in descriptionThe ‘Ghost Owl’ - Tyto alba in the owl family Tytonidae - Invermark, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland - The name literally means "white owl” - However, this bird is known by many common names which refer to its appearance, call, habitat, or its eerie, silent flight: white owl, silver owl, demon owl, ghost owl, death owl, night owl, rat owl, church owl, cave owl, stone owl, monkey-faced owl, hissing owl, hobgoblin or hobby owl, dobby owl, white-breasted owl, golden owl, scritch owl, screech owl, straw owl, barnyard owl, and delicate owl, and of course the Barn Owl 🦉💚 In Britain, the vast majority of Barn Owl roost/nest sites used to be agricultural buildings, particularly old stone, cob, or brick-built barns and stock sheds. However, due to changes in farming practices most of the traditional farm buildings that existed in the 1800s have long since gone. Thankfully here in the Cairngorms there are still some amazingly beautiful old stone buildings which remain largely undisturbed and provide perfect habit for all manner of wildlife, inc Barn Owls. Roosting Barn Owls seem to prefer perching on wood (such as roof timbers in an old barn), hay/straw, or stone (such as a wall-top) rather than metal. However, nests are sometimes found in the bottom of disused metal water tanks. Although individuals can learn to tolerate virtually anything, they do like to remain out of sight, at least initially - to see more of life in this rugged beautiful landscape that is the Cairngorm National Park, Scotland follow me here @chancellordavid @magazinegeo @thephotosociety @everydayextinction @natgeo as I bear witness to a gamekeepers life on #invermarkestate #cairngormsnationalpark #scotland #conserving #raptors #owl #barnowl
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4 tags and 4 profiles in descriptionStag calf, Invermark, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland - extremely sad to find this out on the hill today. Red deer will often leave their calves in a place of safety whilst they go off with the rest of the herd and feed, they some how remember exactly where they left them and return to feed them. Occasionally they’ll get this wrong or as has happened here we think, the weather will change quickly and the calf will loose body heat and die before the mother returns. The periods of rain and wind that we are currently experiencing are not helping newly born deer. As I’ve said before this is the circle of life, however, seeing it resting among buttercups, still warm, but now in a very different place, only makes me appreciate more the fragility of life. So precious, so fleeting. #invermarkestate #cairngormsnationalpark #scotland #conserving on assignment witnessing life in these wild and wonderful lands for @geomagazin see more @thephotosociety @everydayextinction @natgeo
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3 tags and 9 profiles in descriptionGarry, head keeper @Invermark feeding Lachie this morning - hard to believe it’s only two weeks ago that I witnessed the arrival of this new spirit into the world - witnessing a gamekeepers life for @magazinegeo on #invermarkestate @lady_li_mac @maclennangarry #cairngormsnationalpark #scotland - follow our journey here @chancellordavid @thephotosociety @everydayextinction @magazinegeo @natgeo
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0 tag and 1 profile in descriptionPhotograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - barn owl chick, Invermark, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland- on our rounds today we found this little guy had fallen out of one of the nest boxes, he’s now back with his 5 siblings. I’ll be watching them grow and then fledge over coming weeks. You can just see the characteristic heart shaped face, and the flight feathers underneath the fluffy down which helps them keep warm, and therefore allows the female to leave the nest and help the male with hunting duties. The barn owl is nocturnal over most of its range, but in Britain and some Pacific islands, it also hunts by day. Barn owls specialise in hunting animals on the ground and nearly all of their food consists of small mammals which they locate by sound. They mate for life unless one of the pair is killed, when a new pair bond may be formed. Breeding takes place at varying times of year according to locality, with a clutch, averaging about four eggs, being laid in a nest in a hollow tree, old building or fissure in a cliff. Most bird species don’t start to incubate their eggs until the clutch is complete, so the eggs hatch at more or less the same time. But Barn Owls begin incubation as soon as the first egg is laid and lay additional eggs over a period of around 8-21 days. After 31-32 days’ incubation, the eggs hatch every 2-3 days, usually in the order they were laid. This is termed “asynchronous” hatching. The age difference between the oldest and youngest nestlings can be as much as three weeks. This age variation serves to reduce the peak in food demand and spread it over a longer period. The female does all the incubation and the male provides all the food until the young are around 3 weeks old which is roughly the age of this owlet. Barn owls do not strictly speaking build a nest but rather lay their eggs onto the previous years nest debris, a compacted layer of owl pellets, having nest boxes distributed around the Estate always the owls to return the same site and the estate is therefore more easily able to monitor the health of populations. Owls are one of my absolute favourite birds. To see more from this wild and wonderful landscape follow me here.
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4 tags and 1 profile in descriptionjust because you don’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there - @ 2000ft on Invermark, Cairngorm National Park, Scotland - love frogs 🐸💚 the worlds wonders 💚 #invermarkestate #frogs #conserving #scotland on assignment for @magazinegeo
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0 tag and 3 profiles in descriptionburning, Zimbabwe. @natgeo @thephotosociety @everydayextinction
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sitting watching the storm do its thing and marvelling at its complete dominance; how insignificant we are, and yet how significant our footprint 💚
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9 tags and 12 profiles in descriptionPhotograph by David Chancellor @chancellordavid - the dappled light from surrounding trees falls on a large scale photographic print from the series ‘beast’ - this is from ongoing work in the north of scotland #invermarkestate #cairngormsnationalpark and is currently on show alongside existing work from #hunters and community based conservation in the rangelands of #northernkenya #withbutterfliesandwarriors at La Gacilly-Baden Photo Festival - I’m delighted to have work on show here and have the opportunity to lead groups around the exhibit - beautifully curated and showing outdoors in the spectacular gardens in Baden, Austria, so powerful putting this work back into a living landscape. Really focuses ones attention as to how important maintaining the worlds delicate ecosystems really is. Powerful work in a delicate beautiful landscape 👍🏿👍🏼 La Gacilly-Baden Photo-festival -Thank you for your incredible support @photofestivallagacilly #baden #conservation #wildlife @thephotosociety @hellokiosk @natgeo @geomagazin @everydayextinction @rabia.kader @artfuldodgersimaging @francescamaffeogallery @filmsnotdead #fightingextinction 🙏🏼🙏🏿🌻 repost from, and thanks to, the wonderful @edalcock
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