Sunday, 27 December 2015

Mourning Dove - a first for Shetland

Shetland's first and Britain's fifth-ever Mourning Dove in Lerwick today. Pic by Hugh.

Friday, 25 December 2015

Christmas Full Moon

The Christmas Moon rising to the east of us here in Shetland. The first Full Moon Christmas since 1977. 

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

A drake King Eider photographed by Hugh on one of our Arctic Norway pho-tours. Merry Christmas from all of us here at Shetland Wildlife


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Winter Solstice

Beautiful Winter Solstice sunset over the Atlantic Ocean at Scatness this afternoon. 

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Rough-legged Buzzard

Brilliant views of the Rough-legged Buzzard at Sullom this morning being 'buzzed' by a Hooded Crow.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Water Rail

Water Rails are usually very secretive and more often heard than seen. However, this individual at Loch of Spiggie gave amazing views!

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Rufous Turtle Dove

Rufous Turtle Dove at Scalloway. Such a special bird - the 13th record for Britain and the second for Shetland. Well done to Jim and Liz Watt for discovering it in their Scalloway garden on 25 November and for the lovely welcome they have given everybody.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Mountain Hare

A snowy-white Mountain Hare photographed in the West Mainland.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Hello Abigail!

Welcome to Shetland storm Abigail. The view looking towards Sumburgh Head from Quendale at dawn this morning. 

Monday, 2 November 2015

Humpback Whale

A pic of the Humpback Whale north of Compass Head / Grutness this afternoon. What an incredible sight!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Little Auk

One of two Little Auks (known locally as 'Rotchies') seen today in the south Mainland.

Monday, 14 September 2015

The Autumn so far...

It has been a fantastic start to the Autumn migration period with a great selection of birds over the past few weeks: Here are just a few of the highlights thus far...

Long-billed Dowitcher
Lesser Grey Shrike
Pallid Harriers
Booted Warbler
Citrine Wagtail

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Diving Gannet

Gannet plunge diving off Noss. Photographed on one of our Focus on Shetland pho-tours last month. Bookings for this extremely popular trip are now open for 2016 - all the details are HERE

Saturday, 4 July 2015


It has been a brilliant spring and summer - our busiest ever! You can read our daily updates on our Facebook page HERE.

Here's a Tystie (Black Guillemot) from one of our Focus on Shetland pho-tours in June.

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Up Helly Aa 2015

We've just completed another Winter Wildlife and Up Helly Aa trip which was a huge success. We are now open for bookings for 2016 - all the details are HERE

Monday, 12 January 2015


Sumburgh Head and Jarlshof taking a pounding in storm force winds this afternoon. Totally spectacular! Pic by Hugh.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Glaucous Gulls

Huge seas and amazing spindrift at Scatness yesterday - great opportunities for capturing atmospheric images of these two Glaucous Gulls.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Backlit Common Seal

Lovely light for backlit photography today. Here's a Common Seal photographed by Hugh at Boddam this afternoon.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Drake Goosander

Few birds can match the beauty of a drake Goosander at this time of year. This bird was photographed by Hugh in the Tingwall valley yesterday.