Friday, 27 May 2016

Summer's on it's way...

Summer's on it's way. Well the birds are all arriving and getting busy, so we went down to Sumburgh Head the other evening to have an easy peek at the puffins, guillemots, razor bills, gannets etc.



A shag collecting nest material...


And the obligatory puffin shots...



I've been out and about quite a bit with the good weather we've been having, but not really taking any photos. I did take a few of the common terns at Toft the other day though ...


A nice boat with convenient spots for terns to perch...



And someone had been busy collecting dog whelks, with sack of them keeping cool in the tide...


 I'm off to Papa Stour to take a group of colleagues for a walk around the isle. The forecast is good so we'll hopefully have an amazing day and I might even take a few snaps...






Saturday, 14 May 2016

A wander out to Fethaland


Beren's away on Yell at cub camp, so with a fine, but cold day Clare and I decided to have a walk out to Fethaland. Setting off from Sandvoe along the beach we followed the track and path past the lochs of Lower and Upper Setter to join the main track to Fethaland about half way there. Before long we were nearly there and looking forward to a picnic on the shore.


We managed to sneak up behind the buildings and quietly sit down to lunch without disturbing the seals on the rocks...




Clare hasn't actually been here before, but I think we'll be back...


After lunch and a bit of seal watching we went up on to The Isle of Fethaland itself.


First stop was to look at the old soap stone workings in Cleber Geo...


The remains of partially carved out bowls can be seen everywhere when you get your eye in...



Then we wandered up to the lighthouse itself. Sadly a modern job, but with the air of Dalek I think...


There are some impressive cliffs on the west side and a great view out along the coast to Uyea...




My poor attempt at a Brenizer panorama...


The route back followed the eastern coast to Isbister. Passing The Kame of Isbister on the way and a couple of other ancient monastic hermitage sites on top of the isolated kames.


May be 8 miles with our wandering in just under 4 hours with plenty of time for lunch stops and photos and we never saw a soul. My idea of a good day out!

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Fine day on Yell

The fine weather continues with a fine day on Yell inspecting a few bits and pieces... 


The lambs were enjoying the day...



Even the White Wife was sunning herself...



And lucky me got to see and otter enjoying it's lunch...


Let's hope the fine weather continues a while longer!

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Sunny Sunday stroll around Sand Wick!




Clare's away at a wedding and I was expecting to do stuff with Beren this afternoon, but he got invited to a party. Lucky him and me! With some time to myself and a sunny day I decided to go to one of my favourite local places, Sand Wick on Burra, for a wander and to take some photos.

The first thing I was greeted by was this pair of cute foals...



They came right up to me and were following me.


Then tea-time called...


This one wasn't so friendly, but was still very cute...


And hungry too after it's nap...


It's always nice to see the foals there, but it's the seals I usually come to watch and they were out enjoying the sun...





  

 After watching them for a while I crept away and headed around the coast. Bird life is just picking up and I had to be careful where I trod. Here's a herring gull nest I nearly stood on...


There were plenty of shags about to, on the cliff and the nest...
 



The other reason I like this bit of coast is the coastal features like this massive arch that you can climb down too...


There's a few along the west coast of Burra...


 Soon enough it was time to head back home. I' had a nice potter about and was pretty tired still from my walk to Uyea on Friday. On the way back a flock of sheep came racing up to the fence, thinking I had food I guess. I didn't. I noticed this naughty one with a device to stop it sneaking out of fences; that'll teach it!