Sunday, 31 January 2010

Great Grey Owl

I've just finished off editing and archiving heaven knows how many gigs of 2009 images. For me, the undoubted highlight of 2009 was photographing this Great Grey Owl in Finland. These three images have been selected for mounting on canvas and I'm looking forward to seeing the samples!

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Last Call for Winter Pho-tours!

Winter struck back with a vengeance yesterday with a good dumping of snow! There are still plenty of subjects to photograph here in Shetland between now and the end of March including:
  • superb opportunities with Otters
  • white Arctic Hares
  • family parties of Whooper Swans
  • flocks of Long-tailed Ducks and Common Eiders
  • Great Northern Diver in winter plumage
  • Black Guillemots in winter plumage
  • Glaucous and Iceland Gulls
  • Purple Sandpipers and Turnstones
  • hauled out and swimming Grey & Common Seals
  • Ravens, Twite and possibly Snow Buntings at our baited sites
  • dramatic winter sunsets
  • a chance of the Aurora Borealis

Interested? Please let us know what subjects you'd like to tackle and e mail us here at Shetland Wildlife. We''ll provide an itinerary / price and also advise guide availability.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Sanderling - February 2010 Wallpaper

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Thursday, 28 January 2010

Up Helly Aa and the 1D Mark IV...

The 2010 Lerwick Up Helly Aa viking festival was the first real opportunity I've had to put the 1D Mark IV through its paces and really test its high ISO capabilities. I spent most of the evening session working between 4000 and 6400 ISO which negated the need for flash and for once, allowed me to use the incredibly atmospheric light created by fire, flares and smoke. A1 servo auto focus, even in low light was exceptionally impressive and metering was incredibly accurate. Thus far its the most responsive camera I have ever used - I just need a sunny day and a quiet day in the office to get out and shoot some wildlife! More Up Helly Aa images are on the Shetland Wildlife web site - click here to view

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Jack Snipes II

Another superb few days. With the big freeze looking as though its going to weaken, I decided to spend as much time as possible working at the hides with the Jack Snipes - which have now increased to five birds!

Common Snipes were also giving some nice opportunities...

As was our 'resident' Robin...

And a very confiding Lapwing...

And Redshank...

And I also managed some time for some landscape photography...

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Jack Snipes

We've had snow on the ground for over three weeks here in Shetland. I've noticed one or two Jack Snipes in the valley, but with snow-melt, they've been moving about a fair bit. The last few days however have seen sub-zero temperatures at night so I put up a hide yesterday afternoon over a small lead of open water that runs off from our septic tank. Bingo - up to three Jack Snipe feeding just a few metres away, right in front of the hide, along with amazingly close Snipe and Redshanks. Another hide further down the road - where the light is better for afternoon photography - also had a single bird. I'll try there tomorrow. Here are a few fresh out of the card...

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

2010 Winter Photours - SOLD OUT!

It remains as popular as ever, so it was no surprise that our exclusive winter pho-tour to Finland and Arctic Norway from 13 - 20 March 2010 sold out! We therefore arranged an additional week running from 20 - 27 March 2010 to meet demand. This has now also sold out! We will announce the 2011 dates as soon as we can! Read all about this awesome trip here

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Long-tailed Ducks ~ Oldsquaws

With the winter conditions still with us and fantastic light still on offer - for nearly two weeks now - the harbour seemed the obvious place to spend the day. I just love photographing birds in the myriad of patterns that the sea offers. There were some lovely opportunities today with Long-tailed Ducks along with plenty of photogenic Eiders and a couple of nice close-in Black Guillemots. I also managed some recordings of drake Long-tailed Ducks displaying - fantastic!