Sunday, 10 June 2012

Unst, 2012

Spent a long weekend in the Shetlands, mainly thanks to some Flybe rewards points, and an understanding family! Weather prior to the trip had been excellent for migrants with a constant East wind for the best part of 2 weeks. Sadly it didn't last into my break, and I was faced with some pretty unpleasant North Winds for the duration of the stay.

This had a really adverse affect on the migrants with single figures in total of Blackcaps, Spotted Flycatchers, Chiff-Chaffs, plus a Willow Warbler. A likely "Tristis" Chiff-Chaff called, but didn't hang around for a look at the plumage. Pretty ironic as I spent much of last winter grilling a likely Tristis that showed well but never called!

I persevered on Unst but there was nothing doing. I was almost relieved to get back onto Shetland Mainland, but this too had very little in terms of excitement. I did see the long staying Subalpine Warbler and Long-Eared Owl at Quendale.

However, what the trip lacked in rarity finding quality certainly didn't lack in photography opportunities, and I had excellent prolonged close-up views of many of the Shetland specialities such as Arctic Tern, Arctic and Great Skua, Puffin, Twite, and Fulmar. Photo slideshow below (hit page refresh if it doesn't load)..