|Ptarmigan, Coire an t'sneachda, 26/02/2018|
|The Windy Ridge path|
|The 8 Ptarmigan|
In the time it took for me to park the rucksack and turn back round to view the birds they had disappeared! We didn't see them fly off or hear them but gone they had leaving the area devoid of all birdlife except for the Snow Bunting that was now stood on top of the rocks. I couldn't believe it and cursed our luck. All that effort to get up here and I'd failed in my main objective to get some really good photographs of the Ptarmigan. But at least we'd seen them and they and the Bunting had pushed the year list up to 143.
A fellow birder sauntered over and asked if we'd seen any Ptarmigan so we related our experience to him. Simon is a wildlife guide based in Grantown and he was doing a recce ahead of bringing a client up a few days later. We had a nice chat the Cairngorms and Speyside birding scene and related our desire to move to the region one day . While we nattered away he noticed a couple of Ptarmigan far away on another patch of snow. He left us to check them out while we decided that seeing as we were almost there we may as well walk to the summit of Cairngorm and bag ourselves a bonafide "Munro".