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!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Rufous Turtle Dove

Rufous Turtle Dove at Scalloway. Such a special bird - the 13th record for Britain and the second for Shetland. Well done to Jim and Liz Watt for discovering it in their Scalloway garden on 25 November and for the lovely welcome they have given everybody.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Mountain Hare

A snowy-white Mountain Hare photographed in the West Mainland.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Hello Abigail!

Welcome to Shetland storm Abigail. The view looking towards Sumburgh Head from Quendale at dawn this morning. 

Monday, 2 November 2015

Humpback Whale

A pic of the Humpback Whale north of Compass Head / Grutness this afternoon. What an incredible sight!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Little Auk

One of two Little Auks (known locally as 'Rotchies') seen today in the south Mainland.

Monday, 14 September 2015

The Autumn so far...

It has been a fantastic start to the Autumn migration period with a great selection of birds over the past few weeks: Here are just a few of the highlights thus far...

Long-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Grey Shrike
Pallid Harriers
Booted Warbler
Citrine Wagtail

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Diving Gannet

Gannet plunge diving off Noss. Photographed on one of our Focus on Shetland pho-tours last month. Bookings for this extremely popular trip are now open for 2016 - all the details are HERE

Saturday, 4 July 2015


It has been a brilliant spring and summer - our busiest ever! You can read our daily updates on our Facebook page HERE.

Here's a Tystie (Black Guillemot) from one of our Focus on Shetland pho-tours in June.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Up Helly Aa 2015

We've just completed another Winter Wildlife and Up Helly Aa trip which was a huge success. We are now open for bookings for 2016 - all the details are HERE

Monday, 12 January 2015


Sumburgh Head and Jarlshof taking a pounding in storm force winds this afternoon. Totally spectacular! Pic by Hugh.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Glaucous Gulls

Huge seas and amazing spindrift at Scatness yesterday - great opportunities for capturing atmospheric images of these two Glaucous Gulls.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Backlit Common Seal

Lovely light for backlit photography today. Here's a Common Seal photographed by Hugh at Boddam this afternoon.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Drake Goosander

Few birds can match the beauty of a drake Goosander at this time of year. This bird was photographed by Hugh in the Tingwall valley yesterday.

Monday, 29 December 2014

American Wigeon

Nice views of the drake American Wigeon in the West Mainland for our group today.

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Black Redstart

Two Black Redstarts were still at Sandwick today. Here's one of them photographed by Hugh this afternoon.

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Waxing Crescent Moon

A lovely waxing crescent moon above us here in Shetland tonight. Pic by Hugh Harrop /

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Displaying Teal

Lovely crisp Christmas Eve weather here in Shetland today. Just back from photographing displaying drake Teals. What an amazing experience!  Pic by Hugh Harrop /