Sunday, 31 January 2016

Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan photographed today in the south Mainland.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Eshaness pre Storm Gertrude

A brilliant winter wildlife day trip in the north and east Mainland. Highlights included prolonged views of a mother Otter with her two cubs fishing and playing, Mountain Hares, lots of Common and Grey Seals and a nice selection of birds including Little Auk. Amazing scenery as always at Eshaness - this was the scene at Calder's Geo. Thanks to Lara and friends for a great day!

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Up Helly Aa and Winter Wildlife

Today saw the conclusion of our Up Helly Aa and Winter Wildlife trip. It has been a fantastic four days for our two groups with many wildlife highlights including Otter, Mountain Hare, lots of Common and Grey Seals, Long-eared Owl, Little Auk, Black-bellied Dipper, Glaucous Gull, Merlin, Peregrine, Slavonian Grebes, White-fronted and Pink-footed Geese, Great Northern and Red-throated Divers, Snow Bunting and lots of stunning Long-tailed Ducks. We even managed to squeeze in some additional birding for those leaving on the late afternoon ferry today and saw Velvet and Common Scoters plus an Iceland Gull. It goes without saying that the Up Helly Aa procession was absolutely incredible! More on this exciting holiday which is now open for 2017 bookings here.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa - as enjoyed by our two groups tonight. More on this fantastic trip which is now open for bookings HERE

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Water Rail

Water Rail in the snow at Loch of Spiggie this morning.

Waxwing Video

A video of the Waxwing in Lerwick yesterday. What a stunning bird!

Tuesday, 19 January 2016


Stunning views of this Waxwing in Lerwick this morning, feeding on apples in the snow. Many thanks to Rhona Summers.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Eurasian White-fronted Goose

The cold spell has brought several Eurasian White-fronted Geese to Shetland and there are at least five birds in with the Greylags at Ringasta.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Front Cover on new AEWA Book

Delighted to see one of Hugh's Long-tailed Duck images has been used for the front cover on "Stories from the Flyway" - a sumptuous new book commissioned to celebrate the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds 20th anniversary.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Focus on Shetland

Gannets at Noss in lovely soft early morning light. Photographed on one of our June 'Focus on Shetland' pho-tours. Read more about this exciting trip and view the full itinerary HERE

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Black-bellied Dipper

A glorious day of weather here in Shetland and absolutely fantastic views of this vagrant Black-bellied Dipper along the Kirkhouse Burn at Lower Voe this morning.  

Monday, 11 January 2016

Little Gull

It has been a good winter for seeing Little Gulls and we have had some fantastic opportunities to photograph them over the last ten days. Here is one of the adult birds at Grutness, photographed by Hugh.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Tundra Bean Goose

Nice to find this lovely Tundra Bean Goose at Sandwick today with the Greylags.