Red-necked Phalarope (f)
Red-necked Phalarope (m)
At the Loch of Funzie on Fetlar we had great encounters with the Red-necked Phalarope. At times the female was so close it was too close for my lens to focus! The female at the top was working her way around the edge of the loch while a hoard of photographers followed. Finally she and a male took a break, preening and snoozing, at the edge of the loch like a couple of celebs with the paparazzi surrounding them. This was a truly unforgettable experience.
This Redshank had young close to the road and tried to persuade us to move along, not before a few snaps though.
Also on Fetlar this Great Skua was one of many bathing in a small loch before we put them up.
My first twitch! The Subalpine Warbler at Skaw on Unst. The photographers staked out the Spearmint clump, where this bird had been seen in recent days, while the rest of the group walked down to the shore. After a bit of a wait the bird finally appeared just long enough for a quick shot.
I had trouble getting a decent shot of an Arctic Skua, this one just a about passes muster.
All taken on the 9th June 2009 (Fetlar and Unst, Sheland Islands)