Thursday, 8 November 2012

Autumn 2012 - and our plans for 2013

What an autumn! We have just completed our series of five sell-out autumn birding trips and what a great time we have had! Once again our travellers got to see an array of superb birds including eastern gems like Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, Lanceolated Warblers, Pechora Pipit, Paddyfield Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, several Olive-backed Pipits. Siberian Stonechat, Isabelline Shrike, Great Reed Warbler and several Little Buntings. From North America came Surf Scoter, Spotted Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, American Golden Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and several Pectoral Sandpipers. We also enjoyed a stunning Hornemann's Redpoll plus several Red-breasted Flycatchers, Common Rosefinches, Barred Warblers, Lapland Buntings, Snow Buntings and probably no less than 50 Yellow-browed Warblers!

And who can forget the absolutely amazing display of the Aurora Borealis?

Thanks to all those who joined us - we welcomed many new faces and it was a pleasure to welcome back so many repeat travellers.

Shetland really is THE place to witness autumn migration in the UK and get to see some truly stunning birds in stunning settings. So join us in 2013. Once again, we have five trips on offer:

NEW STYLE Fair Isle Autumn Migration
  • Saturday 14th September - Saturday 21st September 
  • Saturday 28th September - Saturday 5th October
  • Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October
  • Saturday 21st September - Saturday 28th September
  • Saturday 28th September - Saturday 5th October
Most of our guests tend to come for two weeks (qualifying for a 5% discount off both trips) and thus the following combinations are possible:
  • Fair Isle Saturday 14th September - Sat 21st September + Autumn Gold 21st September - Saturday 28th September
  • Autumn Gold Saturday 21st September - Saturday 28th September + Fair Isle Saturday 28th September - Saturday 5th October
  • Autumn Gold Saturday 21st September - Saturday 28th September + Autumn Gold Saturday 28th September - Saturday 5th October
  • Autumn Gold Saturday 28th September - Saturday 5th October + Fair Isle Saturday 5th October - Saturday 12th October
In addition to the above holidays, should you wish to spend time birding or photographing with our expert guides at any time during the autumn or have a 'DIY' holiday, please e mail us with your requirements and dates. We can source accommodation for all budgets and as we are the ONLY ATOL bonded wildlife holiday company in Shetland, we'll book your flights to and from Shetland (plus any internal flights to Fair Isle, Out Skerries or Foula).

So see the best birds with the best birders - all organised for you by Shetland's number one and ONLY full-time professional wildlife holiday company!

Here are a few highlights of the Autumn...

American Golden Plover
Birding in amazing scenery!
Buff-bellied Pipit

Lapland Bunting
Little Bunting
A flock of migrant Bramblings
Pectoral Sandpiper
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Siberian Stonechat
Snow Bunting
Another Snow Bunting!
Spotted Sandpiper
Watching a Lanceolated Warbler on Fair Isle
Yellow-browed Warbler
Heading to Fair Isle...

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

2013 Photography Workshops

A quick update on our series of 2013 photography workshops...
Finland & Arctic Norway in March has sold out, as has Hungary Bird Photography in late April. We still have a few places on our series of Focus on Shetland workshops running in June 2013. They offer outstanding opportunities to photograph an array of breeding plumaged waders and seabirds such as Red-necked Phalarope, Storm Petrel, Red-throated Diver, Black Guillemot, Great & Arctic Skua plus seals, arctic alpines, Otters, a good chance of Killer Whales - and stunning Shetland landscapes!
Our groups are limited to six, we use two hotels in our itinerary to reduce daily travel time and thus gain maximum photographic time in the field, and, unlike others, we charter boats to the prime seabird colonies to ensure maximum photographic opportunities.
Let us show you why we do it better than anybody else and why we don't need to hire pho-tour guides from outside of Shetland, who, on their once-a-year visit are perhaps more interested in getting images for themselves, than for you.
All the details are HERE and if you want to take shots like these squabbling Black Guillemots, come and join us - you won't be disappointed...
 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Waxwings

We have had good numbers of Waxwings here in Shetland over the last week or so.

I was keen to try and get images of birds in flight.

You can see more pics on our Facebook page HERE






Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Finland and Arctic Norway Pho-tour with Hugh



Now just the one space left on our additional pho-tour to Finland and Arctic Norway
from 16 - 23 March 2013 (the 9 - 16 March 2013 departure has sold out!).

Click HERE for more information

Above is a pic of a drake King Eider taken on the March 2012 trip...

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Hoopoe


Just back from guiding a brilliant pho-tour to Hungary for Shetland Wildlife.

Here is a Hoopoe fresh out of the memory card.

I'll be posting more images on the Shetland Wildlife Facebook page over the next few days.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Brambling


Our Brambling flock continues to grace us!

Here is a stunning male fresh out of the memory card.

More images are on the Shetland Wildlife Facebook page.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Life's a Beach...


There are times when just a wide angle will do...

Common Seals hauled out on a Shetland beach. 

Friday, 13 April 2012

Shetland Aurora


We had another reasonably good Aurora here in Shetland last night with the best activity between midnight and 0200 hrs. More pictures on our Facebook page.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Splash Landing!


Splash landing! A drake Long-tailed Duck creates a bit of a bow wave as it touches down.Taken on our 2012 Shetland Wildlife pho-tour to Finland and Arctic Norway. We are currently featuring lots of images from this great trip on our Facebook page - pop by and give us a 'like'

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Drake King Eider


A drake King Eider in some lovely reflections. Taken on our 2012 Shetland Wildlife pho-tour to Finland and Arctic Norway. We are currently featuring lots of images from this great trip on our Facebook page - pop by and give us a 'like'

Monday, 26 March 2012

Aurora Borealis


One of my favourite images from the 2012 Shetland Wildlife pho-tour to Finland and Arctic Norway. We are featuring lots of images from this great trip on our Facebook page - pop by and give us a 'like'.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Back Home!


Just returned from another fantastic trip to Finland and Arctic Norway . King Eiders are always a favourite subject. More pictures from our trip are on our Facebook page HERE

Monday, 5 March 2012

Risso's Dolphins


We enjoyed some great views of 3 Risso's Dolphins yesterday at Catfirth. More pictures are on our Facebook page HERE.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Orchestrating the Aurora

Another pic of the Aurora over Shetland from Thursday night. That's me pretending to orchestrate the show! We broadcast news and updates on Auroras in Shetland via our Facebook page. Click HERE to visit us and join our 3200-strong community.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Aurora!


Well it turned out to be a long night for photographing the Aurora and here is one fresh out of the card: Aurora from hills above Maywick looking north west towards Burra and Reawick.

We broadcast news and updates on Auroras in Shetland via our Facebook page. Click HERE to visit us and join our 3200-strong community.

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Shetland Wildlife Killer Whale Library


Check out our library of Killer Whale images, all photographed by Hugh in Shetland since 1996. To see the 150+ images (with even more pictures due to be added), go to our Facebook page HERE

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Pine Grosbeaks back at the feeders...

Just had some good news from the folks who tend our bird feeders in Lapland - up to 6 Pine Grosbeaks have returned! Looking forward to getting the group some photo opportunities with this mighty finch on our pho-tour. You'll be able to view our latest images from the trip on our Facebook page HERE

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Autumn Birding in Shetland 2012

Phew - what an autumn we had in 2011. Our travellers got to see an array of superb birds including a stunning male Siberian Rubythroat, Fair Isle's first-ever Lesser Scaup, four Pallid Harriers, American Golden Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Alpine Swift,, two Short-toed Larks, three Citrine Wagtails, Buff-bellied Pipit, Pechora Pipit, three Olive-backed Pipits, Swainson's Thrush, Lanceolated Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Arctic Warbler, at least 50 Yellow-browed Warblers, two Isabelline Shrikes, Lesser Grey Shrike, Great Grey Shrike, Black-headed Bunting and Little Bunting. Plus other good birds such as Little Auk, Waxwing, Bluethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrikes, Common Rosefinches, Hawfinch, Wryneck, Barred Warblers, Lapland and Snow Buntings and (start the drum roll.....) an amazing display of the Aurora Borealis! Thanks to all those who joined us - it was great to meet new faces and also great to welcome so many repeat travellers back to Shetland!

Shetland really is THE place to witness autumn migration and get to see some stunning birds - so join us in 2012. Once again, we have five trips on offer:

  • Saturday 15th September - Saturday 22nd September
  • Saturday 29th September - Saturday 6th October
  • Saturday 6th October - Saturday 13th October
  • Saturday 22nd September - Saturday 29th September
  • Saturday 29th September - Saturday 6th October
Most of our guests tend to come for two weeks (qualifying for a 5% discount off both trips) and thus the following combinations are possible.
  • Fair Isle Saturday 15th September - Sat 22nd September + Autumn Gold 22nd September - Saturday 1st October
  • Autumn Gold Saturday 22nd September - Saturday 29th September + Fair Isle Saturday 29th September - Saturday 6th October
  • Autumn Gold Saturday 22nd September - Saturday 29th September + Autumn Gold Saturday 29th September - Saturday 6th October
  • Autumn Gold Saturday 29th September - Saturday 6th October + Fair Isle Saturday 6th October - Saturday 13th October
 In addition to the above holidays, should you wish to spend time birding or photographing with our expert guides at any time during the autumn or have a 'DIY' holiday, please e mail us with your requirements and dates. We can source accommodation for all budgets and as we are the ONLY ATOL bonded wildlife holiday company in Shetland, we'll book your flights to and from Shetland (plus any internal flights to Fair Isle, Out Skerries or Foula).

So see the best birds with the best birders - all organised for you by Shetland's number one and ONLY full-time professional wildlife holiday company!

Remember you can also follow Shetland Wildlife on Facebook - just click HERE

Here are a few pics from September and October 2011...

Swainson's Thrush

Little Bunting

Siberian Rubythroat

Olive-backed Pipit

Isabelline Shrike

Lesser Grey Shrike

Citrine Wagtail

Buff-bellied Pipit

Arctic Warbler

Alpine Swift

Isabelline Shrike











Saturday, 25 February 2012

Rough-legged Buzzard

The Rough-legged Buzzard continues to grace the Laxobigging area in the North Mainland. Here are a few images taken since November 2011...