Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Fair Isle in Photographs by Kirstie Mackin

Fair Isle in Photographs by Kirstie Mackin

The Michael Orerod Travel Award Winner 2014

 The unique vision of Fair Isle will be on exhibition at the Mandela Gallery at Newcastle College's School of Art and Design on Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road from October 23rd to November 7th. Coinciding with the Newcastle Photograph Festival a must see for anyone in the area who has a Fair Isle connection. The images have been closely guarded prior to the opening night preview on Thursday the 23rd - 6 'til 8 PM and will be open to the public the following day.

For more exhibition info: contact the Newcastle Photograph Department - 0191 200 4216

 Kirstie Mackin embracing the Fair Isle fashion as well as the scenery.

Fair Isle wishes you good luck with your exhibition 
and hopes to see you again someday.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Rare Birds for Fair Isle.

Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla 

The Firecrest is a very rare bird on Fair Isle. This was until now my Fair Isle Bogie Bird.
It was great to catch up with this stunning little species.

Red Throated Pipit Anthus cervinus

Red-Throated Pipits are rare all over Britian, and quite red in the throat for an Autumn bird.

Red-Breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva
no red? because it's a first winter or female bird.


Fair Isle Kirk - Church of Scotland

Blue Tit! rare on Fair Isle (common elsewhere in Britain)

Starling & Female Blackcap

Long-eared Owl Asio otus

Treecreeper Certhia familiaris
also very rare on Fair Isle... as are trees.

Male Blackcap

Barn Owl Tyto alba
Very rare on Fair Isle... last time one was seen on Fair Isle it was 1958...

The Fair Isle Kirk & Sheep Rock.

Saturday, 11 October 2014


Being the final Sheep Hill or Hill Caa of the Autumn most of the sheep had been marked a week ago on the first go around. All the sheep staying on the hill have been marked with a spot of yellow spray after being dosed. For something different and fun I used the colour select feature on my camera. This feature shoots black & white images adding one other colour you select. I selected "Yellow". The colour is also seen in the boots and clothing, grey and yellow make a sort of green in the grass. The results are quite unique for me, and I have been taking photos of these events for 8 years now. I wonder which photo you like best? 


 Full Colour for Comparison...

Congratulations to Fair Isle's newest grandfather!
an all the Riddiford family everywhere. cheers!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Sheep Cru after the Hill Caa

Do you like Black & White or Colour?

Da Black Sheep.

The Twitch of the White's Thrush.

White's Thrush 

Juvenile - Rose-Coloured Starling in the Wali Burn.

Juvenile - Rose-Coloured Starling sleeping in my window.


The Evening Gale.

Friday, 3 October 2014

The Fair Isle Museum Raffle! A real Winner!

Our sweet little Fair Isle Museum.
George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum - Fair Isle - Shetland - Scotland - UK.
Please buy some raffle tickets to help it along!

Museum Extension Floor Plan.

Museum Extension Elevation Rendering

There are just THREE WEEKS to go until the draw of the Fair Isle Museum Raffle. We desperately need to raise funds to build a small extension to our wee island museum to provide toilet facilities and a small office. We still have plenty of tickets to sell. The raffle has some amazing prizes:

FIRST PRIZE: 5-night stay on Fair Isle for two people (three nights accommodation at the Bird Obs and 2 nights at South Lighthouse), with return flights, Shetland to Fair Isle included.
SECOND PRIZE: A bespoke, made-to-measure Fair Isle jumper
A framed photo by ‘Dave Wheeler’
Fishermens kep – hand knitted by Elena Mera-Long
Fair Isle scarf, hand knitted by Annie Thomson
Fair Isle kep and wristwarmer set, hand knitted by Annie Thomson
Hand knitted Fair Isle egg cosy
and many more....
Tickets cost £1 each (£5 for a book of 5 tickets). If you would like to buy tickets please send a cheque made out to ‘George Waterston Memorial Centre’ to Hollie Shaw, Burkle, Fair Isle. ZE29JU and enclose a SAE for your tickets to be sent to you. 

The draw takes place on the 25th of October.
 payments for tickets should be received by October 20th.

Thousands of pounds are need to add this small but much needed extension. Designed to mimic in shape the kjyls (kilns for drying grain) built onto some of the barns on the Isle, the new extension will house a much needed office and toilet.  The new wind and weather buffering entrance will help to ensure the collection  is doubly protected from the elements every time the door opens. The Museum & the Islanders are very appreciative of any donations of any size beyond this fundraising event. The museum has charitable status (SC005177) and is a member of Museum Galleries Scotland. Donations can be sent to: George Waterson Memorial Centre, Fair Isle, Shetland, ZE2 9JU. Scotland, UK.
Or call Hollie she will give you other payment options. Phone 01595 760 399
George Waterston Memorial Centre & Museum

THANK YOU so much for your help. The Fair Isle Museum Committee.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Colour & Texture

The Skaddan Crop near the Puffinn.

I get the impression of Monet, Pissarro or Surratt when I look at this.

Sheep Rock viewed from da Water.


Grindstone at Skerry Holm

Auld Haa House upstairs bedroom windows

Pied Flycatcher on lichen covered north facing roof of my Chicken Haa.

Can you find the Yellow Browed Warbler?

Florrie's Flowers