Pine marten on the doorstep!


During a recent trip to Assynt on the west coast of Scotland to photograph the red deer rut, I was thrilled to see a pine marten right outside the window on the very first night.

My partner and I noticed that its left eye looked misty so the following night we set up a trail camera, which recorded not only “Misty” with its one shining eye but also another pine marten with two shining eyes! This probably explained why both animals scent marked on the corner of the tray we’d put out for them. Having two different pine martens mere feet away from us was incredible! Even though it looked like Misty was blind in one eye, he or she seemed to have no trouble leaping up onto the log and checking out all the food. Here’s a combined video of my footage from the window and the trail camera out on the decking.

6 thoughts on “Pine marten on the doorstep!

  1. Prestige points! How exciting. Hoping to make it up to Dumfries and Galloway next week where I’ve booked a hide for pine martin photography. No idea what to expect or what my chances are but this has certainly got me in the mood 🙂

    1. Fantastic! I’m very jealous, I can’t get enough of pine martens. If you’re in a hide I’m sure they have a good track record so I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.

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