Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Red-throated Diver: April 2011 Wallpaper

April 2011 wallpaper is this Red-throated Diver, photographed on Fetlar, Shetland in June 2010. To set the picture as your computer desktop wallpaper background, double click on the image to open it in full size then right-click the mouse while it's over the picture. Select the 'Set as Background' menu option, or the 'Set as Wallpaper' option, depending on your browser type. If you want to learn how to take images like this, click here to join us on an instructional pho-tour or click here to win one!

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Monday, 21 March 2011

2011 Shetland Photo Competition

Promote Shetland and Shetland Wildlife - sponsors of the 1st prize - are pleased to announce the 2011 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. Please do not submit images of captive wildlife or livestock (sheep, ponies etc). Landscapes which portray wildlife in a natural setting (eg. Seabird colonies) are acceptable. Photographs must be taken in Shetland between 1st February 2011 and 31st March 2012. All entries will be judged by Hugh Harrop and the Promote Shetland team. The winner will be announced soon after the competition closes on 5 April 2012.

1st Prize - a superb 7-day photography holiday donated by Shetland Wildlife to be taken in June 2012 - worth over £1,000.00 !!!

2nd Prize - A delicious Shetland hamper from the Shetland Fudge Company

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.

To view the 2010 winning entries, click here.

Terms & Conditions:-

1. The Shetland Photographic Competition is organised by Promote Shetland, in association with Shetland Wildlife.
2. The competition is open to resident and visiting photographers.
3. Photographs must be taken in Shetland between 1 Feb 2011 and 31 March 2012.
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.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Eider eating a Spider!

Not an arachnid - but a crab! This young drake Common Eider offered incredible photo opportunities as it devoured this Spider Crab by first of all eating the legs and then swallowing the body whole!















Thursday, 17 March 2011

Red Grouse

Red Grouse are always fantastic birds to try and photograph. Here are a few images from the moorland session earlier in the week...







Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Arctic Hares

A few pictures of Arctic Hares from a really good photo session in the hills...







Monday, 14 March 2011

Rough-legged Buzzard

Arctic Hares and Red Grouse filled my memory cards today but I'll post some images of the Toft Rough-legged Buzzard which made a nice diversion and showed quite well. Thanks to George Graham & Roger Tait for the news!





Sunday, 6 March 2011

Pilot Whale Video

Some HD video of the Bressay Sound Long-finned Pilot Whales shot with the Canon 1D Mark IV. The spy-hopping behaviour is amazing!







Saturday, 5 March 2011

Pilot Whales in Shetland

An early morning text alerting us of a pod of 'dolphins' in Bressay Sound could not have been timed better! Jon was on his way to the ferry terminal to pick up Kim & Ji who were starting a two-day trip with us, so a quick diversion and an instant result - they weren't dolphins - they were a magnificent pod of 20+ Long-finned Pilot Whales! For the next couple of hours we enjoyed incredible views of these animals from the main pier in Lerwick as they spy-hopped, fluked and lob-tailed. The pod appeared to be a nursery group comprising mainly females and younger animals, and there were at least two tiny calves. Awesome!



















Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Blue-winged Teal: March 2011 Wallpaper

Continuing the theme of reflection images, our March 2011 wallpaper is this handsome drake Blue-winged Teal photographed in Colorado in April 2009. To set the picture as your computer desktop wallpaper background, double click on the image to open it in full size then right-click the mouse while it's over the picture. Select the 'Set as Background' menu option, or the 'Set as Wallpaper' option, depending on your browser type. If you want to learn how to take images like this, click here and join us on an instructional pho-tour.