Lapwings

Drove around the island this afternoon trying to take portraits of Lapwings.

I know there are a million things technically wrong with these latter two, but I like the movement in them.

Otter in snow video

Shetland is currently smothered with snow. And while folk down south may see urban foxes, here we have urban Otters. In the snow. On film… enjoy!

Bearded Seal

Headed up to Yell this morning to follow up yesterday’s possible Middendorf’s Bean Geese. A slithery and uncertain drive for much of the journey as it had snowed (yet again) overnight, and the gritters didn’t seem to have caught up with it judging by the amount of roads still white with packed snow.

Good views of 3 fishing Otters en route, including one that tried to take a Black Guillemot from below – I watched the trail of bubbles on the calm sea bearing straight to the tystie, which realised what was happening at the last possible moment and flung itself into the air as the Otter surfaced where it had been resting. What a photo that would have made…

 Finally, onto Yell itself. Not knowing precisely where to look, I gave DP a call – only to discover I should have called him before setting out, as the geese had been outside his house yesterday for mere minutes before flying off again. Woe.

I figured that being up on Yell it might be worth going to look for the Bearded Seal that was first seen for a day in January, and then reported again last week. It was obviously just meant to be a mammal day, as I found it hauled out on the shore beside the road to Mid Yell. Absolutely awesome views – I took hundreds of photos, but can’t face going through them all tonight. Here’s a couple of random samples…

Snow Geese

Result – a work trip to Dingwall today delivered unexpectedly well. At 8.30am when driving into town I passed a field rammed with grey geese, and gleaming amongst them a white Snow Goose. Couldn’t stop as I was on my way to a meeting, but on my return in the early afternoon I stopped for a better look – and found not 1 but 3 Snow Geese – the white morph bird still standing out a mile, but on closer inspection also 2 blue morph birds nearby.

Attached photo my best effort with the phone! White morph is obvious, and one of the blue morphs is to the left.

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