Wednesday, 24 April 2013

A birthday stroll on Hawks Ness, Breiwick

After a leisurely morning with breakfast in The Peerie Cafe and slobbing in front of a few MMA bouts on the PC Clare, Earl and I took a stroll out along Hawks Ness, a headland near Breiwick just north of Lerwick.

It was a nice bright day, but pretty windy especially on top of the hills. Here's a view out along it from near the start...


And looking back to the start and Fora Ness...


There are a number of little arches and caves along the coast along with some sandy and  shingley beaches. There's a big cave in this headland (Brim Ness), but we didn't try to get down to it...


Here's a nice spot just below the ruins of Houbie...


And a pretty cool arch/tunnel on the far side of Brim Ness...


The beach to the north of Brim Ness had the remains of what I assume was a ship strewn about and a great view of the remains of the broch at the end of Hawks Ness...



The site of the broch is very prominent. I didn't notice it when I sailed past here not so long ago, but from the land you can't miss it... 


Looking back to Lerwick and Bressay from the broch remains...


And across to Nesting from the broch. It was so windy it was hard to stand never mind take a photo...


We headed back across the hill line into a wind that left you breathless and with watering eyes and eventually headed back down the way we'd come as time was running out to go further.

I'm glad we did though as we came across about 6 mountain hares on the hillside looking from a distance like little white stones...



Back home we noticed some more wildlife with a collared dove nesting in next doors satellite dish!



I knocked up some pitas from Paul Hollywood's bread book and salad and Clare some chicken kebabs she'd been marinating and we finished it off with a lovely apple cake Clare had made with a icing photo of her and Beren at Westerwick on it...


Just a pity I've got to go to work tomorrow!

Friday, 19 April 2013

Out and about on Burra...

It's been another spell of mixed weather, but there's still the chance to get out and about, especially with the lighter nights. I recently had some walks on West Burra, I love Burra, especially its' western coast. Here's the view over Whale Wick to the Hill of Sandwick...


And over the hill is Sand Wick, one of my favourite places to go and watch the seals that haul out there...



They even wave at you!


The cliffs are great for watching the ravens too...


Which seem to be spending most of their time acrobatically chasing the gulls ...



 And generally being pretty rowdy...


There were plenty of other birds about with the noisy oyster catchers in full swing again...


Ringed plovers...


Turnstones...


And loads of other birds including my first bonxie and swallow of the year, but my best sighting was an otter near Bridge End that I watched for a while before it disappeared into it's holt...




And last but not least, over half a dozen mountain hares that I can never get close too...









Sunday, 14 April 2013

First Puffins of the year...

Having heard the puffins were back at Sumburgh head we decided to pop down after tea yesterday to have a nosey along with a run on West Vie Beach with Earl. It's was pretty blowy down there and we thought we'd may be see the odd one, but the banks were strewn with the little funny things some flying in and out, others just stood like sad looking sentinels, a bit of grooming and others snuggled up in the grass with their beaks tucked away. None seemed to be in and out of burrows, collecting bits of grass which I've seen before or even in the burrows, may be they don't go under ground until they're paired up? I'll have to find out but it didn't seem the evening to be sat out enjoying the view, Beren actually got blown over at one point!

Anyway here's a glut of our first puffins of the year...













I thought these two looked good converted to black and white in Silver Efex Pro 2...

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Nobody loves me.. (yeh right!)


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Saturday, 13 April 2013

Tango on the beach...


Earl's got an ASBO at puppy club! Clare has been taking him along for sometime, mainly for socialising with other dogs and people. She said he's pretty rough and tumble with the other pups in their free play time, and usually has the staffies rolling over for him. This week apparently it was mainly little Lhaso Apsos and Clare was asked to put him back on the lead oops! I guess they don't like that sort of play.

Anyway we took him down the beach today for a play and a run...


And we had a great time exploring, chasing and digging and then we saw this crazy collie come down and start going daft in the sea, barking at it, racing in the waves and generally having fun...


Meet Amber, she's gorgeous and Earl though so too...


I think Earl met his match with Amber. He and Amber spent a good while chasing racing and tumbling across the beach playing with each other. No nastiness just high energy rough and tumble which was pretty funny to watch at times...


 


The only thing is Earl's not so keen on the sea so while Amber had her spells of crazy wave jumping Earl just longingly watched until she re-emerged and the fun could continue...


By the way the puffins are back so we might head down to Sumburgh this evening and see if we can catch a glimpse of them and any thing else that's about...