Wildcat camera trap in Sutherland snaps White's thrush

White's thrush The White's thrush was photographed in woodland near Bonar Bridge

Related Stories

A camera set up to capture images of Scottish wildcats in Sutherland has photographed a bird species rarely seen in Scotland.

The White's thrush breeds mainly in Siberia and Asia.

It was photographed by a camera trap set by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), part of Oxford University's Zoology Department.

The unit said it believed that it was the first recording of the species taken by a camera trap in Scotland.

The photographic equipment has been set up in the Woodland Trust Scotland's Ledmore and Migdale Woods, near Bonar Bridge, to monitor for wildcats.

Camera traps are triggered by changes in heat and motion and take photographs of animals passing in front of them.

'Wonderful bonus'

Project manager Kerry Kilshaw, of Oxford University, said she was delighted an image of a rare visitor was captured.

She added: "Fortunately my field assistant Ruiradh Campbell has a keen eye and spotted it on one of the camera trap photos."

WildCRU director Prof David Macdonald said: "Camera traps are probably the greatest breakthrough for field research since the invention of binoculars.

"They give us the capacity to have eyes in the backs of our heads, and lots of them, and it's a wonderful bonus to secure this evidence of the rare White's thrush while we are making breakthroughs on monitoring the endangered Scottish wildcat.

Ledmore and Migdale Woods site manager Eleanor Garty said the area supported a wide range of wildlife.

She added: "They are a great place to see scarce summer visitors such as wood warbler, redstart and tree pipit, so it is pleasing to know that we are hosting a rare migrant like White's thrush too."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Highlands & Islands



Min. Night 15 °C

Features & Analysis

  • Dr Mahinder Watsa Dr Sex

    The wisecracking 90-year-old whose advice column is a cult hit

  • Payton McKinnonKilling heat

    Why so many American children die in hot cars

  • Vice-President Joe Biden.Joe v Hillary

    What needs to happen for Biden to be the next president

  • USA fanSoccer punch

    Has the US finally fallen in love with the beautiful game? BBC Sport

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Kyoto.Falling for Kyoto

    Acclaimed writer Pico Iyer describes an enchanting first stroll through the city


  • (File photo) Usain BoltClick Watch

    Challenging the world's fastest man to a virtual race over 40m – can you keep up?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.