Snowy owl in flight above Cairngorm plateau

The mountain forecast had called for showers falling as wet snow on the Cairngorm summits, what I wasn't expecting to see was a snowy owl.
Seen here in flight from the ridge of Beinn Meadhoinn, we had watched each other warily for some time as I approached the summit tors. Leaving the bike a little distance away and approaching quietly, I was able to watch for several long minutes before he took flight, a casual rather than hurried departure, to follow the ridge toward Loch Etchachan...more to follow.

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