Watch the birdies: estate hide now open

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Wildlife photographers now have the opportunity to snap pictures of birds of prey following the opening of Glen Tanar Estate’s new hide.

The hide, which is operated under a licence granted by Scottish Natural Heritage, will run for only a few weeks and will enable visitors to photograph a golden eagle as it swoops in and out of its nest to feed its young.

Glen Tanar welcomed its first photographer on Monday, June 16, to the hide, which is hidden in a secret location on the estate.

Golden eagle chicks have hatched on the estate near Aboyne for generations, and this is the second year running that photography hides have been offered.

Wildlife manager Colin McClean, one of the guides who accompanies photographers during the trips, said there had already been huge demand for the sessions.

He added: “The wildlife photography sessions have been incredibly popular. We will only ever offer a handful of these sessions every year because we are committed to delivering and managing wildlife tourism activities in a careful and sustainable way.

“People generally tend to associate the West Coast of Scotland as the country’s leading backdrop for wildlife photography, but the feedback we received after our initial sessions last year was that what we have here rivals anything to be found there.”

Glen Tanar Estate offers opportunities for wildlife photography throughout the year, with the chance to capture black grouse in the spring and deer during the autumn. Autumn is deer rutting season on the estate, which can be a great time to get your camera out.

The estate is one of just a few that has successfully managed to encourage the raptor population – there are up to 13 different species of birds of prey there – while also providing grouse shooting on a commercial basis.

Further information available by emailing or calling 013398 8645.