Tommy's personal collection of random memories old and new associated with
my "wild life" on Fair Isle one of the Shetland Islands part of Scotland and the most remote inhabited island in the UK.
population 60 people, 1200 sheep, 20,000 puffins and a few rare birds.
Look what I found! A rare Fair Isle Goldeneye in the South Harbour walking home from the Kirki Geo Cemetery after Stewart's burial today. I had only once seen a Goldeneye on Fair Isle and only briefly as I had flushed one from the shore of the South Harbour last Autumn. Then the bird and or duck flew quickly out to sea? I wasn't even sure what it was at the time until I hear that someone had seen one later in the day. The Goldeneye's white wing and back patches noted in the Collin's guide seemed to match what I had seen earlier in the day. This time there is no doubt! I even got a record shot. Reconfirming my Island tick and self found to boot! No sign of the Bewick's Swans today or anything else of note. Once again this photo was taken on my pocket camera and reinforces my need for a better camera with a large lens or at least digiscope set up? I wouldn't mind an equipment sponsorship to my blog if anyone is interested? I have a sign as you enter my house " if you can't make do... Fair Isle is not for you." so you can expect to keep seeing bad photos of good birds until then. Cheers!