I was out last night armed with a camera and binoculars, walking in the forests close to Aviemore. I got within 30m of four sets of deer, two roe and two red, and within 15m of a group of 9 red (hinds and calves). The pictures were not good, which shows that I'm better at stalking than I am at using the camera. That doesn't bother me much, the pleasure is in seeing them and getting so close. There were a few very surprised deer when I eventually got busted.
I also saw two capercaillie when they took off around 20m from me. They went surprisingly fast for such a heavy bird, and since they are so rare it was a pleasure to see them. I've walked a few times in this particular vicinity and I've actually seen them more often than not, a situation that I didn't expect.
One thing that puzzles me about this forest is that there are occasional lengths of 3" brown drainpipe about 18" long tied vertically to trees with wire at around 5' off the ground. These lengths are partially cut along their lengthy and usually have a number written on them in indelible marker. Anyone any idea what they are for? I just can't work it out.
These evening walks are great, just wish I was allowed to take a rifle with me instead of just a camera.