Shetland Islands – June 2012 and 2013

At 60 degrees north lies an archipelago of over a hundred islands that make up the Shetlands, of which only 15 are inhabited. Located 110 miles north-east of the mainland of Scotland, the Shetland Islands are closer to the Arctic Cycle than to London.

Access to the Shetland mainland is via air or ferry. We travelled via the overnight ferry, which departed from Aberdeen, as we had some heavy photographic luggage to take with us.

Gannet collecting
Red-necked Phalarope
Common Seal
Great Skua in aggressive stance
Male Wheatear with grubs
Starling
Oystercatcher on nest
Male Eider with crab
Dunlin
Great skua in flight
Storm Petrel
Puffin
Gannet
Sanderling – summer plumage
Sanderling
Male Wheatear
Black Guillemot calling
Black guillemot