Thursday, 28 May 2009

Lesser Scaup

A 5am start saw me at South Nesting, where, in the lovely early morning sunlight, I managed to get some nice shots of the drake Lesser Scaup that is roaming between the myriad of freshwater lochs. A classic individual in every respect and only the 4th Shetland record.

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Arctic Terns

Some nice Arctic Tern action from todays visit to Unst...

Monday, 25 May 2009

Gannets as Art

I sailed to Noss twice today and we concentrated on getting images of Gannets collecting seaweed as nest material. The water in the shadow of the cliff was effectively black and this worked really well in bringing out the whites and yellows of the birds - and also presented some lovely opportunities with reflections. Thanks to Alan and Robby for cooperation!

Sunday, 24 May 2009

More Sanderlings...

With bright skies and some nice breakers to churn up the beach, I headed back to the Sanderlings at Scord in the morning. Here are a few results...

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Honey B & Sanderlings

A flock of Sanderlings in various stages of summer plumage proved irresistible to photograph during the morning. I was also afforded incredible views of a Honey Buzzard, which at one stage was so close, I could not focus! The day ended on another high, watching the most cynical side in World rugby (Leicester Pussycats) lose to the mighty blue of Leinster in the Heineken Cup Final.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Subalpine Warbler

Spent the early evening with this beautiful male Subalpine Warbler at Scatness. It was extremely skulking, but made occasional forays in to the open. It occasionally sang, but we never heard it call...

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Laugher & Seabirds

A great trip to Noss with our associates at Seabirds & Seals provided nice seabird opportunities and I also managed some more images of the elusive Laughing Gull.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Laughing Gull

Out at 5am to set up a couple of hides and to look for the Laughing Gull at Boddam Voe - which finally flew in at 7.30am for five minutes before promptly flying off again! The bird would appear to be a second summer based on the primary covert pattern.

Saturday, 16 May 2009

A Postcard from Poland

Just landed at Heathrow after a fantastic week in eastern Poland, guiding for Shetland Wildlife. In Bialowieza Forest we once again saw nine species of woodpecker including White-backed, Three-toed, Middle-spotted, Black, Grey-headed, Lesser Spotted and Wryneck. Also lots of Icterine and Barred Warblers, Thrush Nightingales, Collared Flycatchers, Hawfinches, plenty of Lesser spotted Eagles, Hobbies, Honey Buzzards and Black Storks. Nearby at Siemianwka Lake we had superb views of a pair of Citrine Wagtails and also found a pale morph Arctic Skua! Great Snipes were seen at our usual lek site and what a superb show they put on for us at dusk. Once again we also managed to find a superb Roller, which is now a critically endangered breeding species in Poland. Biebrza marshes yielded us with great looks at Aquatic, River and Savi's Warblers, Greater spotted, Lesser spotted and White-tailed Eagles, Montagu's Harriers, singing Spotted Crakes and Corncrakes, masses of Ruff, Wood Sandpipers and Spotted Redshanks, Temminck's Stint, White-spotted Bluethroats, Ortolan Buntings and truly staggering numbers of White-winged Black, Black and Whiskered Terns. A great trip and a very special place indeed. My thanks to Waldy, Bozena, Pietr and Tomasz.

White-winged Black Terns provided outstanding opportunities so before I get down to the massive job of editing, here are a few fresh out of the camera...