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Peter Cairns - Urban Scotland, UK

January 13th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized, Western Europe

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peter_portraitQuick report from the Wild Wonders of urban Scotland. Myself and fellow WWE photographer Mark Hamblin took off in search of roe deer in deepest Glasgow - a cemetery to be precise. Within 15 minutes the gravediggers informed us that the deer were no more - moved on due to harrassment by people and dogs. Oh s**t!

But we’re adaptable types so we headed off down the motorway to fix our lenses on the UK’s biggest starling (Sturnus vulgaris) roost - 2 million birds cramming into a thin strip of woodland - just next to one of Britain’s busiest highways. OK so it’s noisy and smelly but what a spectacle!! Now, this is very much work in progress - we’ve not yet nailed what we’re after but here’s a quick starter to give you a feel for it.


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  1. 5 Responses to “Peter Cairns - Urban Scotland, UK”

  2. By Clay Bolt on Jan 13, 2009


    I look forward to seeing how this series progresses. The potential is practically endless.

    Good luck.


  3. By Julian Cox on Jan 14, 2009

    Hi Peter

    Stunning shot. Where is this roost exactly btw?

  4. By João Pinto on Jan 19, 2009

    Excelente photo! A work of (natural) art.


  5. By Andrew George on Jan 21, 2009

    I’ve tried some like these recently, but the flock wasn’t this dense unfortunately, so I like the effect very much!

  6. By Rolf Steinmann on Jan 26, 2009

    Hello Peter,

    great shot. The Sweden gallery reminds me of the fantastic time with you and Flo in Sarek.

    All the best for 2009.

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