Calling all wildlife photographers...

GOLDEN EAGLE: Picture taken from a Glen Tanar hide.
GOLDEN EAGLE: Picture taken from a Glen Tanar hide.

A Deeside estate has launched a series of photography packages giving enthusiasts an opportunity to capture images of iconic animals and birds.

Glen Tanar Estate, near Aboyne, is offering the chance to photograph species including hen harriers and golden eagles after being granted a licence by Scottish Natural Heritage.

There will also be an opportunity to photograph red deer.

The packages are being launched following the success of a photography hide which was trialled over three weeks last summer close to the nest of the estate’s resident golden eagles.

A very limited number of sessions were offered, enabling visitors to take stunning images of the adult bird and her young.

Claire Bruce, whose family manage the estate, said: “This was not something that we had ever tried before, and the feedback we received from photographers was that it opened their eyes to the quality of what was on offer at Glen Tanar.

“Many people often overlook this area as they expect that the West Coast will be able to offer the best opportunities.

“However, they were very pleasantly surprised by their experience in Glen Tanar, and said that it rivalled anything they had experienced in other parts of Scotland.

“We felt there was an opportunity to expand on what we could provide, but only if it could be done in a sensitive and sustainable way which had no impact on the wildlife or the habitat.”

Photographers will be accompanied by a wildlife guide at all times and will have the sole use of a mobile hide giving photographers the chance to capture different species at various points of the year.

Depending on the time of year, photographers may be able to capture more than one species.

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