A great day spent with bird photographer Gary Jenkins - yes, the guy who took those stunning Eagle Owl images! The morning was spent on Whalsay where the Arctic Warbler proved extremely elusive in the strong winds. It eventually showed well for just a few minutes in Brian & Linda's garden which, thanks to their hospitality, resulted in some nice images. It was incredibly vocal but sadly it was too windy for recordings. In the afternoon we headed to Stenness and after a two hour search, had good views of a near summer-plumage American Golden Plover with a flock of Golden Plovers.
Above: Arctic Warbler, Whalsay after heavy Photoshop work. Below: Sycamores with Arctic Warbler, Whalsay - before Photoshop work.
As I was archiving the images from today it was good to look through images of several other Arctic Warblers I have photographed here in Shetland since 'turning' digital in 2003:
The bird depicted above was photographed in the Varanger region
of Norway in July 2006- on our honeymoon!