Thursday, 18 December 2014

St. Ninian's Isle

Beautiful low winter light at St. Ninian's Isle today. Pic by Hugh Harrop /

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Iceland Gull

Spent some time photographing two Iceland Gulls at Scatness - in freezing cold 50 mph winds! Here's one them...

Pic by Hugh Harrop /

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Iceland & Glaucous Gulls

Juvenile Iceland Gull (left) and juvenile Glaucous Gull (right) side-by-side in snowy Lerwick Harbour yesterday. We were photographing the Glaucous and the Iceland came and landed right next to it. Bonus!

Pic by Hugh Harrop /

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Winter Sky

Sumburgh Head and skeins of geese beneath a beautiful winter sky. Pic by Hugh Harrop /

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Tundra Bean Geese

Great views of five Tundra Bean Geese at Veensgarth today. Here's three of them photographed by Hugh with the new and impressive Canon 7D mark II.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Glaucous Gull

A juvenile Glaucous Gull photographed in Lerwick Harbour today. Pic by Hugh Harrop /

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Iceland Gull

A juvenile Iceland Gull in Lerwick Harbour this morning. Pic by Hugh Harrop /

Friday, 28 November 2014

Black (Woodpecker) Friday

It's 'that' Friday so we thought of something black! This Black Woodpecker was photographed by Hugh on one of our Hungary bird photography workshops. We'll be back there in February and April 2015 - all the details are here. We currently have just a couple of spaces left on the April trip so come and join us for the opportunity to take great images like this!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

American Wigeon

Lovely views of this drake American Wigeon out in the sun-drenched west Mainland today. 

Monday, 24 November 2014

More Tundra Beans

Great views of five Tundra Bean Geese today. Here's one of them


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Grey-cheeked Thrush

The Grey-cheeked Thrush at Rerwick seems to have moved on to pastures new. We last saw it on Wednesday. Many thanks to Teri and Pat Miller for their kind cooperation which allowed many birders - local and visiting - to see this American vagrant.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Tundra Bean Goose

Nice views of three Tundra Bean Geese at Exnaboe this afternoon. Here's one of them photographed by Hugh.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Grey Seal

 A Grey Seal with some lovely reflections from the local fishing boats. Photographed by Hugh on one of our bespoke pho-tours

Monday, 17 November 2014

Red-flanked Bluetail

Spent a fantastic morning with Bob Swann watching the Grey-cheeked Thrush at Rerwick and this long-staying Red-flanked Bluetail at Geosetter.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Grey-cheeked Thrush

 A Pic of the North American Grey-cheeked Thrush that has graced Teri Miller's garden at Rerwick. A stunning bird to round off a fantastic autumn! You can find lots more images and video of this bird on our Facebook page by clicking HERE

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Don't hibernate this winter!

Don't hibernate this winter - come and join our exclusive Winter Wildlife holiday which also takes in the amazing Up Helly Aa fire festival. Enjoy Otters, snow-white Mountain Hares, seals, a great selection of wintering birds from the Arctic and some truly AMAZING sunsets. Currently just a couple of spaces left. All the details are HERE

Friday, 14 November 2014

Grey-cheeked Thrush

A short video of the Grey-cheeked Thrush at Rerwick filmed by Hugh.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl photographed at Virkie this month. You can see more of my images on the Shetland Wildlife Facebook page. Just click HERE

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Meet the Ponies!

Our new guests - Reply, Oscar and Jack from the Gue Shetland Pony Stud. Super friendly and doing a great job munching down our grass in the paddocks before the tree-planting begins!

Thursday, 2 October 2014

White's Thrush

We enjoyed amazing views of this White's Thrush at Durigarth yesterday afternoon.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Myrtle Warbler

The North American Myrtle Warbler at Grutness photographed by Hugh on 1 October 2014. Enjoyed by both of our Autumn Gold birding groups

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Pallid Harrier

Our new Autumn birding group had fantastic views of this juvenile Pallid Harrier at Spiggie late this afternoon. Pic by Hugh. Other highlights today included Arctic Warbler, Red-backed Shrike and three Slavonian Grebes. What a start!

Monday, 8 September 2014

Harvest Moon

The 'Harvest' moon over Shetland tonight. Beautiful

Curlew Sandpiper

Lots of great shorebird photography over the last couple of weeks here in Shetland. Here's a lovely juvenile Curlew Sandpiper in flight.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014


More fantastic shorebird photography this morning.
Here's a Sanderling flying over the surf.


A summer-plumaged Knot flying over the surf. Photographed yesterday evening in the south Mainland by Hugh. For our day-to-day news, please follow us on Facebook.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Gannets at Noss

We are having an amazing summer with some superb encounters and photographic opportunities! For our day-to-day news, please follow us on Facebook.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Saturday, 15 February 2014


One of five Sanderlings at West Voe beach yesterday.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Little Gull

Little Gulls are scarce birds in Shetland so it was a real treat to find this lovely adult bird in winter plumage off Quendale today. Pic by Hugh.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

St. Ninian's Isle.

Spent the afternoon working on landscapes at St. Ninian's Isle. 

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Cape of Good Hope

Happy to see my image of the Unst Cape May Warbler (the second-ever record for Britain) adorning the UK rare-bird section of the latest edition of Bird Watching Magazine.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Killer Whales!

A fantastic encounter yesterday with as many as 12 Killer Whales off Sumburgh Head.

You can see more images of Shetland Killer Whales HERE.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Gannets at Noss

Currently busy guiding our series of 'Focus on Shetland' photography holidays. Some brilliant photo opportunities with a wide variety of species including these Gannets, which were taken on one of our dawn trips to Noss in order to catch the best light...

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Collared Flycatcher

Our annual week-long pho-tour to eastern Hungary was another sell-out! A wide range of exciting species were photographed by our guests from the series of innovative hides we use on this departure. Photographic highlights included Rollers, Pygmy Cormorants, Red-footed Falcons, Black Storks, Hoopoes, Hawfinches, Collared Flycatchers, Wryneck,  White-winged Black and Whiskered Terns, White-tailed Eagle,  Middle-spotted and Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers,  Red-backed Shrike, Turtle Dove and Common Nightingale.

In 2014 we will run this very popular trip from 25 April -  2 May - all the details are here and we advise early bookings!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Siberian Tit in a blizzard

Our two sell-out, week-long back-to-back winter pho-tours to Finland and Arctic Norway proved yet again to be another huge success with some great subjects on offer. Our guest house feeding station in Lapland provided us with outstanding opportunities once again with the normally secretive Pine Grosbeak along with Siberian Jays, Siberian Tits, Common Redpolls and plenty of Arctic Redpolls. Continuing into northern Norway and basing ourselves in the Varanger region we concentrated primarily on seabirds and sea duck, with an emphasis on capturing the two 'rarer' Eiders - Kings and Steller's. Good weather allowed us to take full advantage of the sea conditions and we managed a couple of superb sessions in the new floating hides and undertook several boat trips to get in amongst the birds. Opportunities from the boats, hides and from land allowed our travellers to secure some stunning shots! We were also treated to some great Auroras and we took full advantage of photographing it. In 2014 we will run this holiday from 8 -15 March - all the details are here. As pioneers of this unique itinerary, the trip has always sold out since its inception so book early!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Slavonian Grebe

A Slavonian Grebe in full summer plumage. Photographed at Boddam, Shetland last month


Friday, 29 March 2013

King Eiders

Just returned from another fantastic trip to Finland and Arctic Norway . As always, King Eiders are a favourite subject. More pictures from our trip are on our Facebook page HERE

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Autumn 2012 - and our plans for 2013

What an autumn! We have just completed our series of five sell-out autumn birding trips and what a great time we have had! Once again our travellers got to see an array of superb birds including eastern gems like Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, Lanceolated Warblers, Pechora Pipit, Paddyfield Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, several Olive-backed Pipits. Siberian Stonechat, Isabelline Shrike, Great Reed Warbler and several Little Buntings. From North America came Surf Scoter, Spotted Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, American Golden Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and several Pectoral Sandpipers. We also enjoyed a stunning Hornemann's Redpoll plus several Red-breasted Flycatchers, Common Rosefinches, Barred Warblers, Lapland Buntings, Snow Buntings and probably no less than 50 Yellow-browed Warblers!

And who can forget the absolutely amazing display of the Aurora Borealis?

Thanks to all those who joined us - we welcomed many new faces and it was a pleasure to welcome back so many repeat travellers.

Shetland really is THE place to witness autumn migration in the UK and get to see some truly stunning birds in stunning settings. So join us in 2013. Once again, we have five trips on offer:

NEW STYLE Fair Isle Autumn Migration
  • Saturday 14th September - Saturday 21st September 
  • Saturday 28th September - Saturday 5th October
  • Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October
  • Saturday 21st September - Saturday 28th September
  • Saturday 28th September - Saturday 5th October
Most of our guests tend to come for two weeks (qualifying for a 5% discount off both trips) and thus the following combinations are possible:
  • Fair Isle Saturday 14th September - Sat 21st September + Autumn Gold 21st September - Saturday 28th September
  • Autumn Gold Saturday 21st September - Saturday 28th September + Fair Isle Saturday 28th September - Saturday 5th October
  • Autumn Gold Saturday 21st September - Saturday 28th September + Autumn Gold Saturday 28th September - Saturday 5th October
  • Autumn Gold Saturday 28th September - Saturday 5th October + Fair Isle Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October
In addition to the above holidays, should you wish to spend time birding or photographing with our expert guides at any time during the autumn or have a 'DIY' holiday, please e mail us with your requirements and dates. We can source accommodation for all budgets and as we are the ONLY ATOL bonded wildlife holiday company in Shetland, we'll book your flights to and from Shetland (plus any internal flights to Fair Isle, Out Skerries or Foula).

So see the best birds with the best birders - all organised for you by Shetland's number one and ONLY full-time professional wildlife holiday company!

Here are a few highlights of the Autumn...

American Golden Plover
Birding in amazing scenery!
Buff-bellied Pipit

Lapland Bunting
Little Bunting
A flock of migrant Bramblings
Pectoral Sandpiper
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Siberian Stonechat
Snow Bunting
Another Snow Bunting!
Spotted Sandpiper
Watching a Lanceolated Warbler on Fair Isle
Yellow-browed Warbler
Heading to Fair Isle...