Sunday, 30 May 2010
Icterine Warbler - composite of four recordings
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Thursday, 20 May 2010
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Promote Shetland and Shetland Wildlife - sponsors of the 1st prize - are pleased to announce the 2010 Shetland Photographic Competition. The competition is open to resident and visiting amateur photographers. We are looking for unique and inspiring images that capture your imagination and record a moment in time.
We want you to capture breathtaking and original images which reflect and portray the outstanding wildlife Shetland has to offer. Subjects may include anything that is wild: birds, wild flowers, whales & dolphins, otters, seals etc etc. Please do not submit images of captive wildlife or livestock (sheep, ponies etc etc). Landscapes which portray wildlife in a natural setting (eg. Seabird colonies) are acceptable. Photographs must be taken in Shetland between 15 May and 30th October 2010. All entries will be judged by myself and the Promote Shetland team. The winner will be announced soon after the competition closes on 5 November 2010.
1st Prize - a superb 7-day photography holiday donated by Shetland Wildlife to be taken in June 2011 - worth over £1,000.00 !!!
2nd Prize – Full day otter watching experience in Shetland for 2 people, donated by Shetland Otters
3rd Prize - a signed copy of Simon King's new 'Shetland Nature Diaries' book
So cameras at the ready!
For further information click here or please contact Promote Shetland on 01595 98 98 98.
Terms & Conditions:-
1. The Shetland Photographic Competition is organised by Promote Shetland.
2. The competition is open to resident and visiting photographers.
3. Photographs must be taken in Shetland between 15 May and 30 October 2010.
4. Photos must be submitted in a digital format via our entry form.
5. Images should be no larger than 5MB and saved in JPEG format. Only minor manipulation is allowed and we may request to see the original file for any short listed entries we consider.
6. The limit is one photograph per entrant and it must be accompanied by a description, preferably as detailed as possible (up to100 words).
7. All entries must be the sole work of the photographer and the submitter of the photographs must be the copyright owner.
8. Entry into the competition will permit use of the photographs in Promote Shetland's online image gallery.
Sunday, 9 May 2010
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Our office has received lots of calls from the press regarding the Snowy Owl that was found by a hill-walker on Unst last Saturday. I've lost count of the times I've had to say "No, they are not breeding, no they have not been re-introduced and no, we don't have Lemmings here"!
I've been lucky enough to photograph many Snowy Owls in Alaska, across Arctic and coastal Canada and closer to home, in northern Europe. They are typically very hard birds to get close to, but in my experience, if you have lots of patience and the willingness to belly crawl for a couple of hundred metres, you'll do well and get images similar to my 'Blue Peter' one depicted above. My advice would be to forget using a tripod as you will not be able to stay low enough to the ground - instead, try and use an angle finder attached to your camera and a bean bag / ground pod for support.
Its stay in the Crussa Field / Nikka Vord area would appear to be short-lived. Unst, however, is a big island and there is a huge amount of habitat for a Snowy Owl to go and lose itself - in 1986 when my late friend Andreas Clarke and I visited Unst as teenagers, it took us two full days of searching to find one of the summering birds! So fingers crossed that it reappears to allow everybody the chance to enjoy this very special bird. To sit and stare in to the piercing yellow eyes of these enormous Arctic owls really is something special...
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Please call the Shetland Wildlife office on 01950 422483 or e mail us for further information.
Sunday, 2 May 2010
Red-throated Divers are now starting to appear on inland freshwater lochs, but there are still quite a few birds on the sea.
And there are also still plenty of Whooper Swans giving good opportunities: