Friday, 28 January 2011

'Redhead' Smew

A couple of images of the 'redhead' Smew that has been at Clickimin Loch for the last week or so...

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Up Helly Aa

Fresh out of the memory card - a selection of pictures from the Lerwick Up Helly Aa. As always, a fantastic spectacle and many, many thanks to Guizer Jarl John Hunter - aka Johan Sanderrevet of Valsgärde - and his squad, for making these pictures possible.

Want to witness this incredible event for yourself? Join our annual Up Helly Aa & Winter Wildlife trip in 2012 - details are here - but book early, as this trip is extremely popular.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Waxwing Recordings

We've been lucky enough to have up to 8 Waxwings in the garden for the last couple of days. It's been a bit gloomy for pictures, but we've had some great sound recording opportunities. Enjoy!

Monday, 10 January 2011

Mousa Storm Petrels helping the plight of South Georgia Seabirds!

We are delighted to be providing our sound recordings of Mousa Storm Petrels to Professor Tony Martin, who will use them to bring the plight of South Georgia seabirds to the ears of people as part of his lectures.

Mousa Storm Petrel 'singing'

Remote and beautiful, the island of South Georgia in the Southern Atlantic was once the crucible of global whaling. Less recognised is that the island’s seabirds were subsequently decimated by stowaway rats. In his lectures, Professor Martin describe how science and technology will remove every single introduced pest but leave the wildlife intact, allowing nature to recover and South Georgia again to be the World’s greatest seabird sanctuary.

Professor Martin said:

"It's difficult to get across to a lay audience the concept that (a) rats are appalling predators of native birds on islands, and (b) why it matters. For me, the most poignant evidence of what's going on is to go out at night on the mainland of South Georgia and just listen. On a still night there is something approaching silence. But go out on one of the small satellite (rat-free) islands, and your senses are overwhelmed by the cacophony, smells and sight of myriad birds zipping about, silhouetted against the sky. I can't bring the smell into the lecture hall, but I can bring a sense of the noise, and that's where your Storm Petrel recordings will come in. I want to give them something shocking to remember, and the unexpected sound of petrels and shearwaters around your head and under your feet will do the trick".

For more information on the project, click here

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Shetland In Snow

A few snowy scenics of Shetland from December...

Bressay Light

Foula from a frozen Spiggie Loch

& several of St Ninian's Isle & Fitful Head

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Sound Recordings - all files now embedded

Our external service provider who hosted our archive of sound recordings proved unreliable so we have now embedded all the sound recordings directly in to this site. We hope to publish a stand alone page of recordings very soon but in the meantime you can access all pages containing recordings of bird song / call by clicking here

If you find any broken links, please let us know. Thanks.