Thursday, 4 November 2010

Gimme Shelter.

West Voe seemed to be 'the' place today, with a good few sea ducks that presumably took shelter there after yesterday's storm. Among the Eiders and Long-tailed ducks were, 1 Velvet Scoter, 1 Common Scoter, a Slav Grebe, several Red-throated Divers and a couple of Great Northern Divers, as well as 2 Otters and a pod of Harbour Porpoise. Around the rest of the patch - 2 Waxwing and a Siskin in the garden, 13 Whooper Swans, 4 Scaup and 3 Tufted Ducks on the Loch and 2 Snow Buntings on Sanblister Beach.

Whooper Swans.
Snow Buntings.

Common Scoter.

Eiders ?

Red-throated Diver.

Slavonian Grebe.

Velvet Scoter.
There hasn't been one for a while, so here goes -
2G,2B - Too Good - Proof of the lack of common sense in today's 'yoof' world - ouch, how did that happen ? Er...
Too Bad - Shetland in the 'top 10 places to visit in the world' - one place above the Great Barrier Reef ! - Oh No, not more tourists ! It could be good for the local economy I suppose, now if only there was a wildlife tour company up here, that could charge them the earth for a week's worth of bollocks ......hmmm, if only !


andrew whitcomb said...

that eider looks like a fem king???

Steve Minton said...

hi andrew, it does indeed (that's why i put the pix up), there's another photo of the bird on for the 1st nov, i've yet to get close enough views of it to see the barring properly, can't be arsed to carry the 'scope around to west voe !