WILD BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS

Late May - early June saw us holidaying in the caravan at various site around Scotland. One of the sites we stayed at was the Fortrose Caravan site on the Black Isle. Most of you will know that it is not a true island but part of mainland Scotland between the Moray and Cromarty Firths on the east coast just above Inverness. Our information said that the Dolphins are there most of the year and they fed mainly on the Salmon which run up through the Moray Firth to the River Ness and onward to breed. From my Salmon fishing days I knew there was usually a 'run' of Salmon Grilse up most rivers at the time we chose to be there. What I had forgotten (I put it down to age) was the Salmon Smolts, usually in the thousands, dropping down to the sea to go off feeding until adulthood, which occurs at the same time. The sea around the Fortrose Point must have been loaded with Salmon of various sizes going in different directions.

We had a great time watching the Dolphins cruising around, chasing salmon and occasionally leaping into the air during the chase.

I used a Canon EOS 1Ds Mk3 fitted with a Sigma DG f5-6.3 150 -500mm. Pictures generally were sharp. A little vignetting at 500mm but not serious. All shots were 'hand held'.

I hope you enjoy my holiday snaps. SCROLL DOWN TO SEE THE PICTURES.

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THE CHASE IS ON.

                        

                                                                                                                       

                       

DINNER IS CAUGHT.

                                                                                                           

                      

                                                                           

                        

                                                       

                                      

                                                       

                                   

FAMILY GROUP.

           

SUCCESSFUL HUNT.

       

ACROBATICS.

         

         

         

         

        

DISPLAYING THE TROPHY.

   

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