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 /

Monday, 22 December 2014

Kumlien's Gull

We found this juvenile Kumlien's-type Gull at Scatness this morning. Always subjective, but it ticks a lot of boxes.

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!