Red-flanked Bluetail towards us enabling me to get this epic shot of said Sibe.
BlueTail) as not seen by the Brummy bunch...dudes!!! At least we sort of got some compensation for missing one of the birds of the year.
Several days later I'm up in deepest darkest Cumbria doing a survey when I get a phone call alerting me that the pager (that I no longer own) will go MEGA!!! and it will be a Monster Mega!!! Probably one of the most wanted birds on many a British Birders list...
a male SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT on godforsaken Shetland. Plans are made and passes out begged for from one's spouse. Thursday 20th sees Malc and I boarding a Flybe flight from Edinburgh to Sumburgh. We join up with the only other birder on the flight namely Mike Fosdick who kindly hires and pays for a hire car, topman.
The Stairway to Heaven
Thats why it stayed so long the Shetland Paparazzi were kept out
Shetland Paparazzi in action, this noisy twat has just flushed the Pechora Pipit that was showing awesomely well in the nearby vegetable patch. Only my 2nd ever in the UK, thats Pechora not twat!
The only photo I managed and yes it flew off...bugger!!
20 Birders for a Sibe Rubythroat quality
now thats a hire car eh? Bob the Birder from Unst (missing a C me thinks)
Comberbach's finest doing the business, KFC behind
As I didn't get any piccys of Ruby heres the next best thing...