Saturday, 27 September 2008

Western Bonelli's

Excellent views of the very vocal Western Bonelli's Warbler at Lunna today. A truly handsome phyllosc.

Friday, 26 September 2008

In what has been an incredible week for rare birds here in Shetland, I managed a few 'stock' photos.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Sykes's Warbler

Following a text to say that a Sykes's Warbler had been found and then lost at Sumburgh Farm, the bird was soon relocated and performed well all afternoon. A very educative bird and having missed one on Unst a few years ago through being on Fair Isle, I was very pleased to be able to compare this bird to the one I saw in Lerwick way back in 1993. Thanks once again to Jim 'the Farm' for allowing us access to his land.

Sykes's vs Booted Warbler comparison:

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

A is for Another American Goldie

Following a text from Mick, went to see a lovely juvenile American Golden Plover that was with a flock of 500+ Golden Plovers. As I was watching it, another bird walked in to my field of view - TWO American Goldies together! Exactly the same thing happened to me a few years back at Pool of Virkie - one White-rumped Sandpiper, then two!

Sunday, 21 September 2008

P is for Paddyfield - and patience.

Another incredibly skulking Paddyfield Warbler, but it eventually gave itself up! More images here

Friday, 19 September 2008

A is for Arctic

Excellent views of the Arctic Warbler this morning in gardens around Exnaboe. More images here

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Godwits in Flight

Having spent far to long this morning looking for an Arctic Warbler that can seemingly hide itself in a blade of grass, I did something a little more interesting for use in the new to tell Bar-tailed from Black-tailed Godwit in flight...

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

More Waders!

Wednesday morning provided the first real sunny day for a while so it was up and out early with good prospects to do dome more waders in the south Mainland. I spent five hours in the hide and shot 24 gigs of images! Several Little Stints took up most of my time and the light was just right for some reflections - just that - reflections! I'd never really experimented with just shooting reflections in such good light and actually found it quite tricky to get the correct exposure without having any fine detail to spot meter off. In fact, it was so tricky I just gave up! Once again, the 1D Mark III and 500 f4 combo delivered incredible results for birds in flight as the Dunlin and Knot images below hopefully prove. All were shot hand-held at ISOs ranging from 600 - 800. Incredible! You certainly can with a Canon...

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Migrants Galore

There were migrants everywhere so I spent the early part of the week concentrating on getting as much stock of the commoner species as possible - something which I have been guilty of ignoring for a while! The 'fall' produced spectacular numbers of Redstarts, Whinchats, Willow Warblers, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Whitethroats, Blackcaps and a few Wrynecks and Red-backed Shrikes. 'Falls' of this magnitude are few and far between these days so I took every available opportunity to absorb it and soak up the bird-filled atmosphere...that's what birding is all about isn't it?