Monday, 7 April 2014

King for a Day!

Hi Everyone. Today started disappointingly foggy with drizzle and light winds. Phil & I went to Unst for the day & whilst there the conditions brightened considerably and birding produced a few fresh Spring migrants and a couple of dog Otters. We saw the distant spec of a smart male King Eider (has been present for much of the Winter) amongst a flock of maybe 200 Common Eider at Uyea Sound. As we watched the flock started moving at some rate towards us so we stayed put and watched as part of the flock broke up and kept bee-lining towards us - with the King Eider in tow! After maybe 10 minutes the flock reached the shore and unbelievably started to get out onto the beach in front of us! What a dream to see this King Eider so close . . .a fantastic experience. After only a few minutes the Eiders took to the water again and briskly made their way back out into the Sound.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Fur & Feather

Delighted to find several Arctic (Mountain L.timidus) Hare whilst in the North Mainland today - I loved photographing 2 together (see below). Also tested my post-op body out clambering over heather clad, water-logged peaty hills - all worth it though ;)

Arctic Hare's - North Mainland

Arctic Hare

Arctic Hare

Arctic Hare - North Mainland

Pleased to find this Glaucous Gull at Brae this afternoon . . . 

Glaucous Gull fighting over a dead fish in Brae today

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Spitsbergen - High Arctic Summer 2014

There are a few places still available on the Travelling Naturalist tour to Spitsbergen in July this year which I cannot recommend more highly! This trip is a once in a life time experience with unrivalled Arctic Wildlife sightings and they have picked a prime time to cruise around this incredibly beautiful archipelago. From Polar Bears striding across the ice (24-30 on my trips!), to hauled out Walruses & millions of Little Auk & Brunnich's Guillemot on there breeding grounds, all in superb clear Arctic light, a photographers delight! Calm reflective Whale-filled waters, stunning glacial & iceberg backdrops all from the attractive spacious vessel - plus daily optional tundra walks for stretching the legs whilst exploring Arctic flora & pioneering history make this arguably one of the best wildlife cruise experiences in the world. . . . call the Travelling Naturalist now for more details . . . .

Monday, 3 March 2014

Island Hopper

I arrived back in Lerwick this morning on the Northlink Ferry after a long journey back from the South after my Knee Arthroscopy last Thursday! It feels good to be back! Wondered (or rather limped) around some very attractive parts of Lerwick this afternoon after a spell along the harbour & catch where there was 1 Juv Glaucous Gull of note. 

Monday, 17 February 2014

Wet Weekend

The weekend saw visits to the fabulous world class Shetland Museum, Lerwick Fish Market & Scalloway Castle. . . .oh and some interesting cooking on the side . . .not quite domestic goddess yet, bit too heavy on the anchovies! 

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Storm Passing

Calm after the Storm in Lerwick . . . hope I get a better night sleep tonight! ;)

Friday, 14 February 2014

Loved exploring Shetland in the sunshine today . . . . .

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My favourite image today - Kittiwake Take-off - Lerwick Harbour

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Love those wings . . .

Also found a nice Iceland Gull in the Harbour . . . .

Wednesday, 22 January 2014


HAPPY NEW YEAR! I have started off 2014 with a hip operation in Cambridge so have been away from Shetland for a few weeks now recuperating! However, at the beginning of January I set up a new photographic exhibition of my work at the fabulous WWT Welney Reserve Wetland Centre which is now running until the end of February. Please do pop along to see my recent works and to enjoy the WWT main hide Winter Floodlit Swan Feeding Evenings - it's quite a spectacle! There is also a great little cafe with great fenland views!

Address: Hundred Foot Bank, Welney, Norfolk PE14 9TN
Phone:01353 860711

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
10.00am to 5.00pm - visitor centre and reserve (last admissions are at 4.30pm)
Thursdays - Sundays
10.00am to 8.00pm – visitor centre and reserve (last admission at 6.30pm)
Wigeon cafe is open -
10am - 4.30pm Monday - Friday
10am - 6pm Saturday & Sunday

Red-footed Falcon - Lakenheath 2013

Red October

First Light

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Xmas Harbour Pics . . . . .

A beautiful male Common Eider in Lerwick today before the rain and winds set in again . . . . .


Common Eider - female

Common Eider - Female

Common Eider  - Male

Detail of Herring Gull Head - Lerwick 22.12.13

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Storm Break

Mobile phone shot showing Iceland Gull with other gulls in Lerwick this afternoon.

Iceland Gull - Lerwick

Common Eider - Lerwick today

Common Eider - Lerwick