Michael Cook

Wild Scot Blog

About me

So having chosen the title Wild Scot Blog I feel I need to start with a confession. Sorry but I am not Scottish (unless Hampshire is in Scotland now). I do love nature though and have lived north of the border for 20 years.

The title A Blog about the Wildlife of Scotland didn’t seem catchy enough so I shortened it. In my defence, I was somewhat excited having just seen my first Swallow of the year and I just went for it. And, I had already registered the domain name before I realised my presumptious error.

So I am hoping that the title will help the search engines and people from afar to find me and this confession will reduce any offence with those closer to home.

I love getting to know the wildlife around my home in the village of Menstrie, Clackmannanshire. Most of my holidays involve checking out wildlife in other parts of Scotland or further afield. I enjoy bird and nature photography albeit very much as an amateur (all photos on this site are my own unless credit is given). Recently, I have purchased a camera trap which means I am wildlife watching even when asleep. When I am not outside with nature I am often reading about it as there is always so much more to learn.

Passionate about wildlife I am, an expert I am not. There are people out there who know more about any aspect of wildlife and photography than I do. But I am learning and enjoying doing so and hope to share this journey with you.

My gear

Browning Elite HP4 Spec Ops

This camera trap shoots great video at day and night without disturbing the wildlife.

Canon 100-400mm L IS II Lens

The Canon EF 100-400 mark ii Lens is absolutely fantastic quality and great for wildlife photography

Canon 7d Mark ii Camera

I shoot with the Canon 7d mark ii since I got it in 2016, here I share what I like and dislike about this camera for wildlife photography

Collins Bird Guide

The Collins Bird Guide is a great field guide and combines with the App you have all the information you need at your finger tips

Swarovski ATS80HD 25-50w Scope

The Swarovski ATS 80 scope with 25-50x ocular is a cracking scope. I love it.

Swarovski EL8.5×42 Binoculars

These Swarovski binoculars are probably the best thing I own. I simply love them.