Shetland Isles [3] - the other lifer

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Shetland has a bigger number of vagrant and migratory passerine species than any other part of the UK, but alas this was the wrong time of year for these. However, it is a great place for seeing a few species that are breeding summer residents here, both passerine and non-passerine.

Here are a few of those.

Whooper Swan near Hellister



and my 2nd lifer of the trip Red-throated Loon (Diver) at Eshaness, first an adult pair on one small loch



and then a pair of adults with a juvenile on the neighbouring loch



and later a single adult in flight



Northern Wheatear were extremely common and it seemed every other one was a juvenile



Common Eider were as the name suggests common along most rocky shorelines, at this time of year separated into small groups of females with young and much bigger rafts of moulting males





The resident Eurasian Wren sub-species zetlandicus the 'Shetland Wren' is slightly bigger and much darker coloured than its mainland Britain counterpart





The Common Starling sub-species faroeensis is present only in the Shetlands and Faroe Islands



and a trip to Scotland, if not Shetland, is required to see Twite



'Hoodie Craa' (Hooded Crow) are ubiquitous.



Common Snipe put on a marvellous 'drumming' display around our cottage in Okraquoy and I had to wait several days to get a sunny evening to capture one





Sea mammals also featured on this trip and I managed several sightings of both Grey Seal



and Common Seal



but the highlight of the week, and I would happily have not seen a single a bird all week for this sighting, was a pod of 6 adult and 1 young

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KILLER WHALE (ORCA)




Neil

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