Monday, 16 June 2014
|Bridled Tern as viewed by the FIBO Staff on Buness, Fair Isle.|
|Bridled Tern in so beautiful in flight, but honks like a mini goose.|
|Bridled Tern resting on the rocks of Buness.|
|It was great to have my son home for Father's Day weekend.|
To bad he missed the bird by a few hours before heading back to School in Lerwick this morning.
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
|Sheep Rock (aka Sheep Craig)|
as viewed from the top of Vaasetter.
|Vaasetter as you approach the cliff near Sheep Rock.|
|An un-transverseable wall like ridge connects the two,|
almost making Sheep Rock an inaccessible Island already.
|Close up: The fall of rock and dirt.|
|You can see the cloudy light turquoise water as it drifts out to Sea.|
note the clear water on the other side.
Don't go we love our Sheep Rock!
Friday, 30 May 2014
|Inge Thomson preforms to here home crowd.|
- Fair Isle Community Hall - May 23rd 2014 -
|- Da Fishing Hands -|
Project in cooperation with Fimeti
Song preformed at the Fair Isle Hall - recorded on my pocket camera on video mode on a tripod.
For more information cheque out some of these reviews and links:
|The Band .|
Seeing Stars Again!
More info on the Small Cushion Star:
|8 Small Cushion Stars and a live Spotted Cowrie in a Limpet shell.|
|Ringed Plover Chick|
|NightJar after ringing at FIBO|
|Collard Flycatcher twitch an the cliff.|
|Krazy Kumlien's - Iceland Gull in the Auld Haa Garden.|
|Gulls in odd perspective.|
Thursday, 22 May 2014
|The Calandra Lark - Melanocorypha calandra|
(photographed through a scope)
|Found up on Ward Hill near the mast.|
|The Calandra Lark hiding among the Heather banks.|
|All I got was record shots and good views through a scope.|
When it wasn't flying, it sat fluffed up looking quite tired with it's eyes close a lot.
|The Finders... Booyah! That's what we are looking for.|
|Calandra Lark is a very rare bird in Britian.|
The second one I've seen since moving to Fair Isle.
While up at the mast, trying to relocate the Lark. I found a female Bluethroat.
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
|Photographs by Gordon Bell|
Gordon is one of 5 guests staying at my Auld Haa Guesthouse, part of the Shetland Wildlife - Fair Isle Spring Migration Tour. The surprised Shetland Wildlife guide Judd Hunt identified the North American Thrush in the field. Just before dinner while preparing an apple crumble I got a call from a flabbergasted Judd "I just found a Hermit Thrush at the base of Malcolm's Head." I called it into the Obs and a few other Islanders and then rushed over to see it myself. Wow! I have only seen a few in the USA... this is a Fair Isle and UK. tick for me. A 10th record for all of Britain. I have a rule at my Guesthouse, "No one complains when dinner is a bit late when a rare bird is about."
Bonxie - Great SkuaWe are all laughing!
It's been a great Spring for rare birds... Who knows what's next?
Friday, 9 May 2014
Cretzy, Where are you hiding now?
The Cretzschmar's Bunting has not been seen in some time and is believed to have moved on.
But where, no one knows?
Here are a few more unpublished photos I took.
You may want to watch this video again as we say goodbye to one of the best birds seen in Britain this year.
Yeah! the Caspian Stonechat is still here!
Looking very happy in the garden and fence lines of Upper Leogh Croft.
These guys are also looking really happy!Fair Isle Bird Observatory Wardens 2014
Asst. Warden Cairan Hatsell - Head Warden David Parnaby - Asst. Warden Richard Cope
Also happy! plane loads of Twitchers.Who successfully saw (and ticked) the rare birds after chartering expensive private planes from London...
|A busy Fair Isle landing strip.|
|Female - Red Breasted Flycatcher|
|Henry took this photo of his friend and her Caddy Lamb.|
|Logan & Henry|
Logan's blog recap of his day.
|The boys looking for a Wood Warbler.|
|Henry & Henry's Dad.|
|Da Fishing Hands with Inge!|
Inge Thomson: http://www.ingethomson.com/
A bit of Inge's music from her album "Shipwrecks & Static"