LOVING THE NATURAL WORLD

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A SHETLAND EXPERIENCE

 

Shetland is a subarctic archipelago that lies northeast of the Island of Great Britain. The Shetland Islands boast a landscape unlike anywhere else in the world with breathtaking coastline, pristine beaches, crystal clear water and a wonderful array of ever changing birdlife and scenery.

 

I have lived on Shetland for over 10 years,  am a keen photographer with a specific interest in wildlife.   I have an excellent knowledge of the Shetland Islands and its hidden jewels and will be happy to personally guide you or advise you how to have a great day out.

 

Fetlar

 

Britains premier site for the beautiful Red Neck Phalarope. Throughout the summer months Fetlar has numbers of breeding waders, Great and Arctic Skuas, Golden and Ringed Plovers and Snipe to name a few.  Fetlar is a very quiet and peaceful Island and is also known as the Garden of Shetland and during summer the Island is alive with wildflowers and the sound of Skylarks.

 

Mousa by Boat

 

Mousa is a small Island to the east of Shetland.  Here you can photograph Black Guillemots and other birdlife such as Fulmars, Great and Arctic Skuas, Shags and Terns.  You can also visit the Mousa Broch where the Storm Petrels nest in the summer.

 

Sumburgh Head

 

Sumburgh Head is one of the main locations in Shetland to see and photograph Puffins which is always enjoyable.  Other seabirds you will find on the cliffs are Guillemots, Great Skuas, Arctic Skuas, Fulmars, Gannets flying past, Razorbills. A gift shop and tea room can be found at Sumburgh Head.  

 

The south of the island has lovely beaches which can be great for landscape photography or photographing waders along the water edge.  Gruteness Beach and St Ninians beaches are beautiful to visit.

 

Eshaness

 

Head to Eshaness to photograph waves and water and stunning volcanic cliffs – an option would be to try Slow Shutter Speeds so bring your filters.  Fulmars perform well here and it is a great opportunity to photograph them in flight or just sitting on the cliffs snoozing.  Sea pinks found around the cliffs give any picture a delightful punch of colour.  

 

Book a table at St Magnus Bay Hotel for lunch which is situated in Hillswick.  Here you will always receive a warm welcome

 

Unst - Hermaness

 

An early start as we head to Hermaness to photograph Gannets in flight and sitting on the cliffs.  You will also find Great Skuas on their breeding ground displaying well.  Puffins can also be seen walking in and out of burrows bringing in eels and materials for their nests.  

 

Noss

 

A visit to the Island of Noss just to the east side of Lerwick.  Noss is a such a special island giving incredible views of the Gannet colony - including Skuas, Guillemots, Terns and the normal birds of a Shetland Summer.  To get there we get the ferry to Bressay and the Zodiac from there over to Noss.

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