Wow! What a truly amazing day…. and a very long day, that went on until 2am this morning.
We started the day meeting John Moncrieff, a Shetland photographer, who has worked a lot with the Shetland otters and has some incredible images. It is well worth checking out his website by clicking on the link below. He is now starting to take clients out, in search of otters.
Shetland is one of the best place in the UK to photograph otter. The population of Eurasian otters here in Shetland is approximately 12% of the UK total and is one of the most dense populations in Europe. This has been recognised by the Scottish Executive, which has designated areas of Shetland as SAC’s (Special Area of Conservation) specific for otters. The Shetland’s otters numbers are due Shetland’s pristine marine and terrestrial habitat which provides abundant prey species and undisturbed coastal areas.
The untouched and complex coastline provides perfect habitat for these elusive mammals, but makes them difficult to locate. It may well be the a wonderful place to see and photograph otter, but don’t expect it to be easy… as with photographing any wild mammal, a combination of fieldcraft, local