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...