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Shetland Wildlife 2008

Shetland is an archipelago off the northeast coast of mainland Scotland. The islands lie to the northeast of Orkney, 280 km from the Faroe Islands. The total area is approximately 1,466 kmē (566 sq mi). The islands' administrative centre is Lerwick.
Shetland has developed its own distinctive culture and economy. The main industries are fishing, tourism, agriculture, knitwear and oil. Many visitors come to the islands to enjoy the outstanding nature and wildlife, the dramatic scenery, the ancient monuments, and the unique way of island life. The Norse and Vikings gave the islands the place names and unique culture which set them apart from Scotland. Here are the friendliest islands in the North Atlantic; if you come as a stranger, you will leave as a friend!
The Shetland pony is a breed of pony originating in the Shetland isles. They have have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent. Shetlands range in size from a minimum height of approximately 71 cm to an official maximum height 107 cm at the withers. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes.

I spent one week on these Islands in a group led by Micky Maher and then another five days on my own to get these pictures.
The Fulmar - a typical Shetland bird
The Fulmar - a typical Shetland bird
Shetland main islands and villages
Shetland main islands and villages
Arriving in Lerwick harbour
Arriving in Lerwick harbour
Sand Water - Beautiful Shetland Landscape
Sand Water - Beautiful Shetland Landscape
The church at Voe
The church at Voe
White Ness
White Ness
Going south from Lerwick
Going south from Lerwick
A sunny day at the west-coast
A sunny day at the west-coast
Common Tern
Common Tern
Evening light at Esha Ness
Evening light at Esha Ness
Fishermen at Loch of Tingwall
Fishermen at Loch of Tingwall
Typical weather in early summer
Typical weather in early summer
Heli Coastguard in fog
Heli Coastguard in fog
Rocky coast at Esha Ness
Rocky coast at Esha Ness
Houses at southern Shetland
Houses at southern Shetland
Scalloway
Scalloway
The Oil refinery near Graven
The Oil refinery near Graven
taking care of peat for heating
taking care of peat for heating
taking care of peat for heating
taking care of peat for heating
Lerwick harbour
Lerwick harbour
Old Viking style boat in Lerwick harbour
Old Viking style boat in Lerwick harbour
Old & New i Lerwick harbour
Old & New i Lerwick harbour
Arctic tern in Lerwick harbour
Arctic tern in Lerwick harbour
Black Guillemot in Lerwick harbour
Black Guillemot in Lerwick harbour
Black Guillemots
Black Guillemots
Atlantia coming in to Lerwick harbour
Atlantia coming in to Lerwick harbour
Shetland ponyes near Scalloway
Shetland ponyes near Scalloway
Shetland Ponyes near Tingwall
Shetland Ponyes near Tingwall
Shetland Ponyes near Tingwall
Shetland Ponyes near Tingwall
Shetland Ponyes near Tingwall
Shetland Ponyes near Tingwall
Shetland Ponyes near Tingwall
Shetland Ponyes near Tingwall
Shetland Ponyes near Tingwall
Shetland Ponyes near Tingwall
Shetland Ponyes near Lerwick
Shetland Ponyes near Lerwick
Mickey Maher - our wildlifeguide
Mickey Maher - our wildlifeguide
Mickey Maher in Unst busstop!!!
Mickey Maher in Unst busstop!!!
Typical birdwather car !!! (Pomarine Skua)
Typical birdwather car !!! (Pomarine Skua)
Sumburgh Head - southern edge of Shetland
Sumburgh Head - southern edge of Shetland
Landing at Sumburgh airport
Landing at Sumburgh airport
Closing the road over the airstrip when planes are landing
Closing the road over the airstrip when planes are landing
Helicopter leaving the Sumburgh airport
Helicopter leaving the Sumburgh airport
View from Sumburgh airstrip in foggy weather
View from Sumburgh airstrip in foggy weather
Sumburgh Hotel
Sumburgh Hotel
Sumburgh Grid
Sumburgh Grid
Stone wall
Stone wall
The road up to Sumburgh Head
The road up to Sumburgh Head
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Meadow Pipit
Typical British Pirate at Sumburgh head
Typical British Pirate at Sumburgh head
Sumburgh Head
Sumburgh Head
Night trip out to Mousa
Night trip out to Mousa
Black Guillemot breeding in stone wall (light by torch)
Black Guillemot breeding in stone wall (light by torch)
Taking the boat around Noss
Taking the boat around Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Hermaness
Gannets breeding at Hermaness
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets breeding at Noss
Gannets fishing near Noss
Gannets fishing near Noss
Gannet fishing near Noss
Gannet fishing near Noss
Young Gannet returning to Noss
Young Gannet returning to Noss
Gannet passing Sumburgh head
Gannet passing Sumburgh head
Harbour seals near Tresta
Harbour seals near Tresta
Harbour Seal
Harbour Seal
Harbour seal - Yell
Harbour seal - Yell
Harbour Seal near Leebotten
Harbour Seal near Leebotten
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seals in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seals in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Gray Seal in Lerwick harbour
Fishfighting i Lerwick harbour
Fishfighting i Lerwick harbour
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Breakfast at Fetlar
Breakfast at Fetlar
Fetlar chickens
Fetlar chickens
The mainroad at Fetlar
The mainroad at Fetlar
Old boat at Fetlar
Old boat at Fetlar
Old boat at Fetlar
Old boat at Fetlar
Fetlar ferry
Fetlar ferry
Fetlar ferry
Fetlar ferry
Female Red-necked Phalarope
Female Red-necked Phalarope
Phalarope photography at  Loch of Funzie - Fetlar
Phalarope photography at Loch of Funzie - Fetlar
Male Red-necked Phalarope
Male Red-necked Phalarope
Male Red-necked Phalarope - Fetlar
Male Red-necked Phalarope - Fetlar
Female Red-necked Phalarope
Female Red-necked Phalarope
Ferry returning to Laxo from Symbister
Ferry returning to Laxo from Symbister
Gutcher terminal at Yell
Gutcher terminal at Yell
Working man at Yell ferry
Working man at Yell ferry
Gutcher terminal at Yell
Gutcher terminal at Yell
Brittisg gas supply
Brittisg gas supply
In case you don`t have a cell-phone?
In case you don`t have a cell-phone?
Arriving to Unst
Arriving to Unst
Old farm at Unst
Old farm at Unst
Waterproof roof........?
Waterproof roof........?
Northern coastline of Unst
Northern coastline of Unst
Houses at Unst
Houses at Unst
Baltasound - Unst
Baltasound - Unst
Just another foggy day at Baltasound - Unst
Just another foggy day at Baltasound - Unst
Shetland sheepdogs - Unst
Shetland sheepdogs - Unst
Mickey Maher guiding at Hermaness - Unst
Mickey Maher guiding at Hermaness - Unst
Arctic Skuas at Hermaness - Unst
Arctic Skuas at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skuas at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skuas at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua at Hermaness - Unst
Great Skua
Great Skua
Great Skua
Great Skua
Great Skua
Great Skua
Great Skua
Great Skua
Great Skua
Great Skua
Dactylorhiza sp. - Keen of Hamar Unst
Dactylorhiza sp. - Keen of Hamar Unst
Frog Orchis - Keen of Hamar Unst
Frog Orchis - Keen of Hamar Unst
Thrift - Keen of Hamar Unst
Thrift - Keen of Hamar Unst
Foggy and wet - Keen of Hamar Unst
Foggy and wet - Keen of Hamar Unst
Edmonstons Sandworth, the very special flower of Keen of Hamar at Unst
Edmonstons Sandworth, the very special flower of Keen of Hamar at Unst
Photography at Keen of Hamar (Frog Orchid)
Photography at Keen of Hamar (Frog Orchid)
Otter fishing near the ferry termianl at Unst
Otter fishing near the ferry termianl at Unst
Otter fishing near the ferry termianl at Unst
Otter fishing near the ferry termianl at Unst
Otter fishing near the ferry termianl at Unst
Otter fishing near the ferry termianl at Unst
Waiting in my California to see the otter at laxo ferry terminal
Waiting in my California to see the otter at laxo ferry terminal
Linga Ferry returning to Laxo
Linga Ferry returning to Laxo
Late arriving otter at Laxo ferry terminal
Late arriving otter at Laxo ferry terminal
Late arriving otter at Laxo ferry terminal
Late arriving otter at Laxo ferry terminal
Late arriving otter at Laxo ferry terminal
Late arriving otter at Laxo ferry terminal
Fulmar - Shetlands most abundant bird
Fulmar - Shetlands most abundant bird
Fulmar i Lerwick harbour
Fulmar i Lerwick harbour
Fulmar at Esha Ness
Fulmar at Esha Ness
Fulmar at Esha Ness
Fulmar at Esha Ness
Fulmar at Esha Ness
Fulmar at Esha Ness
Fulmar at Esha Ness
Fulmar at Esha Ness
Resting Fulmar at Sumburgh
Resting Fulmar at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmar at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmar at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmars at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmars at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmars at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmars at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmar at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmar at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmars at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmars at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmars at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmars at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmar at Sumburgh
Breeding Fulmar at Sumburgh
Fulmar at Sumburgh head
Fulmar at Sumburgh head
Narrow landing at Sumburgh head
Narrow landing at Sumburgh head
Oystercatcher at Sumburgh
Oystercatcher at Sumburgh
Oystercatcher at Sumburgh
Oystercatcher at Sumburgh
Oystercatcher at Sumburgh
Oystercatcher at Sumburgh
Oystercatcher at Sumburgh
Oystercatcher at Sumburgh
Oystercatchers at Sumburgh
Oystercatchers at Sumburgh
Oystercatchers at Sumburgh
Oystercatchers at Sumburgh
Starling colony in Veensgarth
Starling colony in Veensgarth
Starling colony in Veensgarth
Starling colony in Veensgarth
Starling colony in Veensgarth
Starling colony in Veensgarth
Starling colony in Veensgarth
Starling colony in Veensgarth
Starling colony in Veensgarth
Starling colony in Veensgarth
Lichen
Lichen
Wheatear territory
Wheatear territory
Male Common Wheatear
Male Common Wheatear
Male Common Wheatear  and Polecat
Male Common Wheatear and Polecat
Polecat
Polecat
Polecat
Polecat
Esha ness in calm weather
Esha ness in calm weather
Stenness Lighthouse
Stenness Lighthouse
Hiding behind Stenness Lighthouse
Hiding behind Stenness Lighthouse
Esha Ness i severe Gail
Esha Ness i severe Gail
Esha Ness i severe Gail
Esha Ness i severe Gail
Flowers at Esha Ness
Flowers at Esha Ness
Orchis
Orchis
Oyster plant and fly.....
Oyster plant and fly.....
Hillswick
Hillswick
Hillswick
Hillswick
Wet Rabbit at Esha Ness
Wet Rabbit at Esha Ness
Wet Rabbit at Esha Ness
Wet Rabbit at Esha Ness
Rabbits at Esha Ness
Rabbits at Esha Ness
Rabbits at Esha Ness
Rabbits at Esha Ness
Taraxacum
Taraxacum
Shetland Wren
Shetland Wren
Male Eider
Male Eider
Female eider
Female eider
Great Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Mew Gull
Mew Gull
Ringed Plover
Ringed Plover
Curlew at display
Curlew at display
Herring Gul
Herring Gul
Redshank
Redshank
Shelducks
Shelducks