Sunday 31 May 2009

A Whale of a time

Repetitive i know but another glorious day. Hot, sunny and still. A check of patch produced 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a Chiffchaff also numerous Painted Lady butterflies.

So with a near birdless isle and the stunning weather decided to pack the family up and head off to Watsness for the afternoon. A stunning area of Shetland with panoramic views for miles and not another soul for miles, there was no sign of the Common Crane that was reported but a smart 1st summer Arctic Tern had me scratching my head for a short while.

On return to the car i checked my phone to find a text, 4 Orcas off Quarff heading north, so with that news headed south. Fortunately i had a contact on one of the spotting boats and managed to pin point there location and after a bit of careful navigation managed to get into position on the headland overlooking Bressay, and then we were treated to views i never thought i would witness. Breathtaking.

On return home got another text about a male Bluethroat in Brians garden and managed to get to Marrister to see it before it vanished. A fantastic day and if nothing else i will die a very happy man.