It's that time of year again when the seabirds come back to our shores. Puffins are one of the most adorable, and much loved of our seabirds, but we only see the puffins each year for a short period of their lives.
Sometimes you're just in the right place at the right time and the unexpected happens. Over the next four to five hours we photographed and watched some of the most incredible red throated diver behaviour I have ever witnessed.
Fair Isle is only 5 km long by 3 km wide and is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. In the height of the seabird-breeding season it provides home to over 250,000 seabirds, made up of 18 different nesting species, making Fair Isle internationally important for breeding seabirds.
Twenty first of December the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, started with the lunar eclipse, and with the forecast being for clear skies. I was up early to make the most of this beautiful weather.