Shetland Nature

Wildlife, Birding & Photography Holidays

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Birding in Shetland

Were you amongst those who wished they were in Shetland this autumn?

Row 1: Hudsonian Whimbrel - Dave Pullan; Baltimore Oriole - Ian Cowgill; Brown Shrike - Jim Nicolson; Eastern Olivaceous Warbler - Jim Nicolson; Pechora Pipit - George Petrie; Row 2: Subalpine Warbler - Martin Garner; Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll - Brydon Thomason; Arctic Warbler - Mike Pennington;  Blyth's Reed Warbler - Brydon Thomason;  Lesser Yellowlegs - George Petrie.

Row 1: Hudsonian Whimbrel – Dave Pullan; Baltimore Oriole – Ian Cowgill; Brown Shrike – Jim Nicolson; Eastern Olivaceous Warbler – Jim Nicolson; Pechora Pipit – George Petrie;
Row 2: Eastern Subalpine Warbler – Martin Garner; Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll – Brydon Thomason; Arctic Warbler – Mike Pennington; Blyth’s Reed Warbler – Brydon Thomason; Lesser Yellowlegs – George Petrie.

If you were you will no doubt have been tantalised by an epic run of scarce, rare and mega headliners throughout late September into early October. For a taste of what could turn up in 2014 here is sizzling species summary of some of the best birds so far this Autumn… Baltimore Oriole, Lesser-Yellow Legs, Pallas’s Grasshopper Warbler, Brown Shrike, Red-Flanked Bluetail, Whites Thrush, Lanceolated Warbler, Upland Sandpiper, Hudsonian Whimbrel, Pechora Pipit, Thick-Billed Warbler, Eastern-Olivaceous Warbler, Red-Eyed Verio along with a supporting cast of reputable rarities in the forms of (multiples of the following) Hornemann’s Redpoll, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Arctic Warbler, Citrine Wagtail, Buff-Breasted Sandpiper, American Golden Plover, Thrush Nightingale to name but a few along with Western Bonelli’s and Eastern Subalpine Warblers and Two Barred Crossbill, not a bad run it has to be said!

Don’t miss out in 2014, join us for some Shetland Autumn action…

Shetland Autumn Birding 2014

Shetland Autumn Birding with Martin Garner

Led by Martin Garner of ‘Birding Frontiers’ (and BBRC committee member) along with a supporting cast of experienced, well-known birders and renowned Shetland rarity finders Roger Riddington, Brydon Thomason, Micky Maher and Rob Fray (amongst others), our itineraries offer an unrivalled Shetland birding experience.

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Fair Isle and Shetland Autumn Birding

Led by former FIBO warden of 12 years, Deryk Shaw, and staying five nights at the newly built Observatory, this holiday offers a truly authentic and exciting opportunity to enjoy the Fair Isle birders’ experience to the full.

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Shetland Spring Birding 2014

Shetland Spring Birding with Martin Garner and Tim Appleton

Shetland in spring and summer is a very special place, marked by a heady cocktail of breathtaking scenery, isolation and tranquillity. The reward for travelling this far north is a dazzling combination of wildlife, so rich and varied it’s hard to squeeze into a few words.

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Self Catering for Birders

Shetland Nature Lodge

What better way to offer our guests a unique and authentic Shetland experience than to be based at our idyllically situated, beautifully designed and secluded property, right at the northern end of Unst. Britain’s most northerly accommodation property, you can enjoy unhindered balcony views overlooking Hermaness National Nature Reserve and a breathtaking vista of Burrafirth beach.

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