Capturing that spectacle in all its glory, the Dumfries and Galloway Wild Autumn Festival looks set to dazzle.
Gems among the 50-plus events, many hosted by local wildlife experts, include a guided tour of the wonders of the night sky, the opportunity to watch majestic red deer lock antlers as rutting season begins and the mesmerising sight of thousands of barnacle geese arriving to spend their winter on the Solway Firth.
Galloway Activity Centre on the banks of Loch Ken will be running Mountain Biking Wilderness Tours (£16.50pp) which, getting under way with a boat trip, takes in part of the Red Kite Trail, offering a chance to spot this magnificent bird of prey as it soars against a dramatic backdrop.
A Wilderness Canoe Trip (£16.50pp) of the loch leaves from the centre allowing wildlife enthusiasts to catch a glimpse of winter roosting sites for Greenland white-fronted and Icelandic greylag geese. Other birds include pied flycatchers, great-spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, wood warblers and barn owls.
There will be a Red Squirrel Spotting Walk at Eskrigg Nature Reserve, Lockerbie, on October 23 and 26 (free), while Threave Garden and Estate, Castle Douglas, will mark the start of bat hibernation season with an evening of themed crafts, activities and games on October 26 (£1pp).
Wellies and Worms at Cream o' Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet will provide plenty of outdoor fun for youngsters and adults alike on October 24 (£2), while the venue will also host a Hedgerow Safari, delving into the secret lives of our indigenous small mammals, on October 16, 23 and 30 (adults £6, children £2).
Pumpkin-carving and spooky Halloween walks will take place at Kirroughtree Visitor Centre, Newton Stewart on October 26 (£3 per pumpkin; walks: adults £4, children £2.50), while Stargazing for Beginners, leaving from the same place, will illuminate the magic of the heavens at Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park on October 29 and November 1 (£3pp).
The Dusk Flight at Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre, near Dumfries, on October 27 provides a guided tour as winter-nesting barnacle geese fly out to the Solway mud flats to their night-time roost (adults £10, children £5), while the Wild Autumn Stags at Galloway Forest Park, Newton Stewart affords fantastic views from a wildlife hide from October 14-16 (free) and October 21-25 (£3pp).
Dumfries and Galloway Wild Autumn Festival runs from today until November 3. Visit wildautumnfestival.com.