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...