Monday, 5 September 2016

Even more Orcas!

We enjoyed absolutely stunning views of a pod of Orcas in Bressay Sound early this afternoon. The animal at the rear is 019 or 'Mousa' and we have encountered this pod lots of times over the last couple of months! More on our series of award-winning wildlife and photography holidays HERE.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Greenish Warbler

Our Autumn migration season kicked off in style today with lovely views of this migrant Greenish Warbler in the stunted trees at Quendale Mill.

Friday, 19 August 2016


Fantastic view of Garths Ness and Fitful Head from the air yesterday afternoon.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

More Orcas!

An Orca hunting the shallows for prey and heading right towards us! Pic from our amazing encounter today. More on our series of award-winning wildlife holidays HERE. 

Thursday, 21 July 2016


Another epic encounter with Orcas! We spent the whole morning following a pod of at least 10 animals moving north along the east coast of the south Mainland from Fladdabister to Gulberwick. Stunning! 

Monday, 11 July 2016

Gannets Underwater

Gannets diving underwater off Noss this afternoon. Many thanks to the crew of MV Solan IV for yet another great trip for our Ultimate Shetland group.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016


Still buzzing from our amazing encounter with a pod of Orcas this week. Such a wonderful highlight for our Ultimate Shetland group!

Monday, 30 May 2016


Black Guillemots (known as Tysties here in Shetland) photographed today with our Focus on Shetland pho-tour group.

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Gannet Feeding Frenzy

A superb morning at the Noss seabird colonies for our Focus on Shetland pho-tour group. Here's a couple of Gannets that were part of the spectacular feeding-frenzy. Many thanks to Garry and Jimmy from MV Solan IV for another great trip.

Sunday, 8 May 2016


A drake Garganey photographed here in the south Mainland. One of the most beautiful of all wildfowl.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Rose-breasted Grosbeak - a first for Shetland!

Well done to Lynn Goodlad for finding this stunning North American male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on Burra this morning. The first record for Shetland and only the fifth-ever for Scotland!

Friday, 29 April 2016

Common Cranes

Fantastic views of these three Common Cranes at Bigton this morning before they headed south. Very many thanks to Nicola Sinclair.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Great Grey Shrike

We enjoyed superb views of this stunning Great Grey Shrike at Hoswick late this afternoon. More on our birding and wildlife trips here.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting at West Voe of Sumburgh.


Several migrant Hawfinches have appeared in Shetland over the last few days. They really are stunning birds! 

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Eider & Mussel

Despite winds gusting 70 mph, our pho-tour discovered a superb feeding flock of Eiders (we call them 'Dunters' here in Shetland) this morning in the central Mainland and we spent several hours photographing them feasting on mussels. Here's a drake getting to grips with one of them. More on our pho-tours HERE

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Eshaness Cliffs

Some lovely landscape opportunities today at Eshaness cliffs on our bespoke pho-tour. This pic is a 60 second exposure of the scene with a 10-stop filter attached to the lens to 'flatten' the swell and create motion blur. More on our pho-tours HERE

Monday, 21 March 2016

Siberian Tit

Siberian Tit taking off. Photographed in Lapland last week on our Finland and Arctic Norway pho-tour. We are now taking bookings for this trip which will run in March 2017. All the details are HERE.

Friday, 11 March 2016


An amazing Aurora enjoyed by our pho-tour group in Lapland last night.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Hawk Owl

Our pho-tour group found three Hawk Owls during the drive from Varanger to Lapland today. Here's one of them.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Steller's Eiders

Yet another superb day for our pho-tour group in Batsfjord, Norway. Amazing weather and amazing photographic opportunities with hundreds of seaduck including these drake Steller's Eiders.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

King Eiders

An amazing day for our pho-tour group in Batsfjord with tremendous opportunities to photograph King, Steller's and Common Eiders along with lots of Long-tailed Ducks. Here's a couple of King Eiders from this afternoon

Sunday, 28 February 2016

Red Grouse in frosty heather

Red Grouse in frosty heather up in the north Mainland. After four consecutive early mornings of grouse photography, this was by far the best - and it was on one of the most amazing winter mornings I have ever spent in over 25 years of living in Shetland. Not a breath of wind, -5 Celsius and grouse displaying and calling in the still air as Mountain Hares bounced around the hills - absolutely brilliant.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Jupiter and its moons

Fantastic view of Jupiter and its moons next to a full-looking moon over Shetland this evening.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

iPhone Iceland Gull

'Easy' iPhone Iceland Gull photography today in Lerwick Harbour!

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Rough-legged Buzzard

Rough-legged Buzzard east of Sullom quarry this afternoon.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Red Grouse

Red Grouse in the snowy north Mainland this afternoon.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Pot of Gold

Rainbow over Quendale Bay this morning. No pot of gold but watching 150 Long-tailed Ducks, 15 Great Northern Divers and 20 Harbour Porpoise was ample compensation!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Mountain Hare

A snowy-white Mountain Hare photographed in the east Mainland. Read more on the wildlife our guests have been seeing this winter HERE

Friday, 5 February 2016

Focus on Shetland

A quick update on our series of 2016 'Focus on Shetland' wildlife photography workshops .We have only 1 space left on the 28 May - 4 June trip and 2 spaces on the 4 - 11 June trip. The 11 - 18 June trip has already sold out. Our pho-tours offer outstanding opportunities to photograph an array of waders and seabirds such as Red-necked Phalarope, Storm Petrel, Red-throated Diver, Black Guillemot, Puffin, Great & Arctic Skua plus seals, arctic alpines, an outside chance of Orcas and stunning Shetland landscapes. Our groups are limited to six, we welcome beginners and seasoned photographers alike, we use two hotels in our itinerary to reduce daily travel time and thus gain maximum photographic time in the field, and, unlike others, we charter boats to the prime seabird colonies to ensure maximum photographic opportunities. With over 20 years of unsurpassed photography and pho-tour guiding experience here in Shetland, let us show you why we do it better than anybody else. All the details are at HERE

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Welcome Back Whooper JB4

Last weekend we photographed this Whooper Swan at Henry's Loch and noticed it was wearing a yellow coded ring. As you can see from the photo, when the bird 'upended' to feed, the ring shows the code 'JB4'. This individual was first ringed as an adult in Iceland back in 2000 making him at least 15 years old! Since then he has become a regular visitor to Shetland having first been recorded here in 2005. Many thanks to Kane Brides from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust for passing on the history of this remarkable bird.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan photographed today in the south Mainland.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Eshaness pre Storm Gertrude

A brilliant winter wildlife day trip in the north and east Mainland. Highlights included prolonged views of a mother Otter with her two cubs fishing and playing, Mountain Hares, lots of Common and Grey Seals and a nice selection of birds including Little Auk. Amazing scenery as always at Eshaness - this was the scene at Calder's Geo. Thanks to Lara and friends for a great day!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Up Helly Aa and Winter Wildlife

Today saw the conclusion of our Up Helly Aa and Winter Wildlife trip. It has been a fantastic four days for our two groups with many wildlife highlights including Otter, Mountain Hare, lots of Common and Grey Seals, Long-eared Owl, Little Auk, Black-bellied Dipper, Glaucous Gull, Merlin, Peregrine, Slavonian Grebes, White-fronted and Pink-footed Geese, Great Northern and Red-throated Divers, Snow Bunting and lots of stunning Long-tailed Ducks. We even managed to squeeze in some additional birding for those leaving on the late afternoon ferry today and saw Velvet and Common Scoters plus an Iceland Gull. It goes without saying that the Up Helly Aa procession was absolutely incredible! More on this exciting holiday which is now open for 2017 bookings here.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa - as enjoyed by our two groups tonight. More on this fantastic trip which is now open for bookings HERE

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Water Rail

Water Rail in the snow at Loch of Spiggie this morning.

Waxwing Video

A video of the Waxwing in Lerwick yesterday. What a stunning bird!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016


Stunning views of this Waxwing in Lerwick this morning, feeding on apples in the snow. Many thanks to Rhona Summers.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Eurasian White-fronted Goose

The cold spell has brought several Eurasian White-fronted Geese to Shetland and there are at least five birds in with the Greylags at Ringasta.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Front Cover on new AEWA Book

Delighted to see one of Hugh's Long-tailed Duck images has been used for the front cover on "Stories from the Flyway" - a sumptuous new book commissioned to celebrate the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds 20th anniversary.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Focus on Shetland

Gannets at Noss in lovely soft early morning light. Photographed on one of our June 'Focus on Shetland' pho-tours. Read more about this exciting trip and view the full itinerary HERE

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Black-bellied Dipper

A glorious day of weather here in Shetland and absolutely fantastic views of this vagrant Black-bellied Dipper along the Kirkhouse Burn at Lower Voe this morning.  

Monday, 11 January 2016

Little Gull

It has been a good winter for seeing Little Gulls and we have had some fantastic opportunities to photograph them over the last ten days. Here is one of the adult birds at Grutness, photographed by Hugh.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Tundra Bean Goose

Nice to find this lovely Tundra Bean Goose at Sandwick today with the Greylags.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Mourning Dove - a first for Shetland

Shetland's first and Britain's fifth-ever Mourning Dove in Lerwick today. Pic by Hugh.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Full Moon

The Christmas Moon rising to the east of us here in Shetland. The first Full Moon Christmas since 1977. 

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

A drake King Eider photographed by Hugh on one of our Arctic Norway pho-tours. Merry Christmas from all of us here at Shetland Wildlife


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Winter Solstice

Beautiful Winter Solstice sunset over the Atlantic Ocean at Scatness this afternoon. 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Rough-legged Buzzard

Brilliant views of the Rough-legged Buzzard at Sullom this morning being 'buzzed' by a Hooded Crow.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Water Rail

Water Rails are usually very secretive and more often heard than seen. However, this individual at Loch of Spiggie gave amazing views!