Monday, 20 March 2017


We have been wanting to go to Toft in the north mainland for a while, but the weather has been against us, hwoever Saturday couldn't have been better. Sunny still weather all day

Grey Seals greeted us as we approached the pier

 It was the otters we came up to photograph, ferry terminals are a great place to see them and Toft is no exception. It was looking good, we arrived just after high tide and the ferry has just left heading north to Yell.

 After around 45 mins i noticed one quiet distant, feeding. After 5 mins it started to head towards the pier and I moved closer when it dived. It then started to call loudly to another Otter which i assume came out of the holt among the boulders

After a while calling, one came out and walked towards a metal bridge and curled up and started to go to sleep. I was moving round into a position to get a better photo with the Otter still sleeping, i was also down wind so not to disturb the animal when the ferry arrived back with safety warnings blaring out , this alerted the otter and it quickly slipped back into the sea.


 There was plenty of bird activity wit a flock of 178 curlew constantly flying back and forth, sometime joined by Turnstone (44) Redshank (18)

 A good sized flock of around 250 starling flew round

 A few Kittiwake joined Herring and GT BB gulls as the ferry arrived back

Over on the far bank a flock of Greylag (86) and a Brent Goose fed. The following day i managed to find a Barnacle goose in Sandwick and the Stonechat arrived back in the same spot as last week. The Killdeer is still in the same field which it settled into 4 months ago and has now started to display to Ringed Plovers.

After giving illustrated talks to two WI groups and the RVS i have further ones come up soon, down at the RVS at Hoswick this Thursday and the Shetland Photographic Club a week on Wednesday

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