I return to Shetland …..

Anyone who follows me on Twitter will see that yesterday, I headed back up to Shetland, for the third year guiding with Shetland Wildlife on their ‘Ultimate Shetland’ Tour. The tour starts on Saturday, so I’ve got a few days to settle in and have to myself before we welcome our guests to the island.

Staying with close friends, Paula and Magnus, who live on Shetland, it is a great time to unwind and take in all Shetland has to offer. As I only come once a year, it is always great to get back.

One of the first things I always do is pop a few Bushnells out. I take as many as I can within weight limits as there is so much scope up here!

This area is fantastic for otter and I love capturing them on the trail cams.  Once you know what to look for, it is easy on this coastline, to spot the signs that otter are around and, over the last few years, I’ve got to know some good spots to check out. This area had clear signs of otter and I placed the trail cam to face the hollow that clearly had otters visiting quite recently. Soft, fresh spraint and signs of rolling meant I was confident that we could capture some footage over the next week or so.

As the Bushnell was close, I nipped out in the morning to swap the SD card over and have a look. To be honest, I felt it was unlikely that I would have captured anything on the first night… I was wrong … I had 2 out of 6 clips with otter… one in daylight!

Ignore the date and time on the cam….. for some reason, it re-set itself…

I will leave this camera in place as I feel I might get some good clips over the next week.

With all the warm weather Shetland has been having over the last few weeks (before I arrived!), the wild flowers are looking amazing! Lots of orchids, squill, buttercup and bog cotton around here and I’m sure I’ll see a lot more over the coming week

Keep an eye out on my blog for the next week or so, as I will be documenting my trip up here….. I can’t wait!