We arrived on Friday morning after a pretty quick crossing due to a strong SE wind. After a breakfast at the famous New Harbour Cafe, well famous to John Shuttleworth fans, and picking up our keys we headed north to Eshaness.
Our target here was Buff-bellied Pipit at Tangwick, a lifer for Dave and I. The winds had strengthened rather than abated and we searched for a bit of shelter from the gales to keep our scopes steady. The bird soon dropped in to its favourite field and showed well for the next hour, delighting a few groups of birders who had travelled up on the ferry with us.
After having our fill of the Buff-bellied Pipit we were off to the lighthouse to look for the Buff-breasted Sandpipers. The wind appeared stronger here without any shelter. Buff-breasts though are made of pretty stern stuff and two of them were feeding quite happily on the short grass. Even with image stabilisation on the lens getting good shots was difficult.
We finally made our way back to Levenwick, checking out the gardens of the Busta House Hotel at Brae, good numbers of Brambling and two Yellow-browed Warbler here but no Arctic Warbler and a brief stop at Voe.