Broad-Bodied Chaser

Broad-Bodied Chaser
Wing Mosaic (Broad-bodied Chaser): Winner, Nikon In-Frame Competition August 2010


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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Shetland Images, October 2016

Some images from a recent October visit to Shetland:

Dawn over Lerwick, a great way to arrive:

Exceptionally calm conditions in Scalloway:

Sheltie and Son:

This nice Bluethroat showed well on and off at Laxo, Mainland:

Just down the road, a nice Red-backed Shrike was found thanks to a very friendly resident whose garden it was frequenting.

Back in Lerwick Harbour, a few Black Guillies were close in and a Hooded Crow was loitering:

Day 2 brought the highlight of the week - 200 people with their heads in a bush. What's going on here then?

Far too close for my lens, but this great video from CVLBirders shows the star attraction - a superb Lanceolated Warbler.

Back in Scalloway, a Rose Coloured Starling was easier to locate, hanging around a garden feeder:

During a quiet morning at Sumburgh hundreds of Fulmars were present:

On to the beautiful St. Ninien's Island on the west coast, which has the UKs largest tombola (sand bar) between the Mainland and the island itself:

A vocal Sanderling and a Ringed Plover on the tombola:

St Ninian's Island:

On northerly Unst, the famous bus stop at Baltasound:

Near Skaw at the top of the UK:

Wood Warbler in the UKs most northerly wood at Halligarth, Baltasound

Twite and Little Bunting at Norwick.

Something I haven't come across for a while, a young Hedgehog on the roadside

Back on Mainland, Scalloway at night:

Lesser Redpolls and Yellow-browed Warbler found at Sumburgh Head:

 Maybe they're heading for Fair Isle, follow the arrow....26 miles to go.

Just to prove these road signs are there for a reason:

Thanks for looking!


  1. Fantastic photos and they bring back great memories. met you at the Little Bunting / Hedgehog and I think I have the same photo from the Lancolated Warbler!

    1. Thanks for your comment Pauline. It was a great week. I twice removed that hedgehog from the road, it seemed determined to get into trouble! All the best, Tom.

  2. Tom do you have a web site where you sell prints of your work? Thanks.

    Bonnie Hester