Category Archives: Shetlands

Shetland Common Gull

Charadriiformes

Place: Grufness, Shetland Mainland
Date: 9 June 2018.




Place: Braewick Cafe, Shetland Mainland
Date: 12 June 2018.



[Larus canus, Family Laridae, Order Charadriiformes, Wikipedia Entry: Common gull]

The sound of the common gull (borrowed from the Xeno-Canto website, recordist Niels Krabbe)

Distribution of the common gull across the British Isles (borrowed from the Bird Atlas Mapstore).

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Sanderling

Charadriiformes

Place: Minn Beach, Shetland Mainland
Date: 13 June 2018.












Place: Norwick, Unst, Shetland Islands
Date: 15 June 2018.








[Calidris alba, Family Scolopacidae, Order Charadriiformes, Wikipedia Entry: Sanderling]

The sound of the sanderling (borrowed from the Xeno-Canto website, recordist Paul Driver)

Distribution of the sanderling across the British Isles (borrowed from the Bird Atlas Mapstore).

Great Skua Showing Displacement Behaviour

Charadriiformes

Place: Hermaness, Unst, Shetland Islands
Date: 16 June 2018.

Having failed to frighten me away from its nesting area, this great skua has chosen instead to try and vent its aggression on a poor lamb and its mother.




[Stercorarius skua, Family Stercorariidae, Order Charadriiformes, Wikipedia Entry: Great skua]

The sound of the great skua (borrowed from the Xeno-Canto website, recordist Dougie Preston)

Distribution of the great skua across the British Isles (borrowed from the Bird Atlas Mapstore).

Red-breasted Mergansers from Shetland

Anseriformes

Place: St. Ninian’s Isle, Shetland Mainland
Date: 9 June 2018.






Place: Uyeasound, Unst, Shetland Islands
Date: 17 June 2018.






Place: Sands of Sound, Lerwick, Shetland Mainland
Date: 17 June 2018.







[Mergus serrator, Family Anatidae, Order Anseriformes, Wikipedia Entry: Red-breasted merganser]

The sound of the red-breasted merganser (borrowed from the Xeno-Canto website, recordist Ruud van Beusekom)

Distribution of the red-breasted merganser across the British Isles (borrowed from the Bird Atlas Mapstore).

Ringed Plover Faking Injury

Charadriiformes

Place: Hagdale Horse Mill, Unst, Shetland Islands
Date: 16 June 2018.

If you remember certain nature programmes showing a bird pretending to be injured to lure a would-be predator away from the nest, that’s what’s happening here: the ringed plover was writhing on the ground with an outstretched wing, then sat up, looking if I took the bait, and continued to play-act until I was sufficiently far away from its nest.












[Charadrius hiaticula, Family Charadriidae, Order Charadriiformes, Wikipedia Entry: Common ringed plover]

The sound of the ringed plover (borrowed from the Xeno-Canto website, recordist Marco Dragonetti)

Distribution of the ringed plover across the British Isles (borrowed from the Bird Atlas Mapstore).

Great Northern Diver

Gaviiformes

Place: Sandwick, Yell, Shetland Islands
Date: 14 June 2018.
















[Gavia immer, Family Gaviidae, Order Gaviiformes, Wikipedia Entry: Common loon]

The sound of the great northern diver (borrowed from the Xeno-Canto website, recordist Lance A. M. Benner)

Distribution of the great northern diver across the British Isles (borrowed from the Bird Atlas Mapstore).

Arctic Skua

Charadriiformes

Place: Noss, Shetland Islands
Date: 10 June 2018.









[Stercorarius parasiticus, Family Stercorariidae, Order Charadriiformes, Wikipedia Entry: Parasitic jaeger]

The sound of the Arctic skua (borrowed from the Xeno-Canto website, recordist Lauri Hallikainen)

Distribution of the Arctic skua across the British Isles (borrowed from the Bird Atlas Mapstore).