Curlew and Lapwings
The mournful looping call of the Curlew is the sound track to restful wilderness. They breed in the farmland of the straths and glens in spring before migrating to winter feeding grounds on the coast or Ireland. These iconic birds are under threat. There numbers have reduced by half in 25 years.
The Lapwing often puts on an aerial display either to attract a mate or to distract you from its nest on the ground. Noisy, tumbling, flapping birds will fly ahead of you as you ride through the glens.
Both Curlew and Lapwing are in decline because of changes to agricultural practice and reduction in their habitat. We are very lucky to such a strong population in the Cairngorms.