Zan’s Wildlife Diary

Zan’s Wildlife Diary: A good time to see our magical ‘shorties’

THE days have been getting shorter and duller, and most of the trees have lost their leaves; a sign to get our down jackets ready for winter. Some migrant species have already returned to their winter grounds in East Lothian; however, I am still waiting in anticipation for one of my favourite birds that occasionally…
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Zan’s Wildlife Diary: Snapping our magnificent grey heron

A BEAUTIFUL and glowing autumn is already here. This time of the year is pretty special when it comes to taking atmospheric photographs: from colourful frames through misty mornings to captures of the golden light. Even a rainy day can bring opportunities for a powerful image! Last year, my main focus was placed on a…
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Zan’s Wildlife Diary: Returning geese are a great sight

AUTUMN is around the corner. The season may be evocative of shorter days and never-ending rain, but to me this is when the country transforms into living art: yellow, orange, and crimson blanket the parks and gardens as trees, displaying their first autumn tinting, begin shedding their leaves to decorate dull pavements with a colourful,…
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Zan’s Wildlife Diary: An otter in the Esk

Moving to Musselburgh and discovering the local wildlife inspired me to become a wildlife photographer. Since I came here, I have spent thousands of hours outdoors mastering photography and fieldcraft techniques, as well as trying to capture the best of what East Lothian has to offer. Although I love varying the subjects of my photographs…
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Zan’s Wildlife Diary: Port Seton’s rosy starling

DURING lockdown, I was trying to make the most of my free time – going on daily walks, working on my website, editing photos from before lockdown, designing my first book and completing A LOT of jigsaws (I am sure you will not be surprised that all of the jigsaws had something in common –…
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