Wise Birding Holidays

Monday, 10 July 2017

SHETLAND: Fetlar Week 2

My second week working on Fetlar has passed very quickly. The weather has been pretty stable with some exceptionally calm days with little wind; a rarity for Shetland! Female Phalaropes are already starting to moult and will be heading south in the coming days. Below are a few more of the week's highlights from this wonderful island with a population of no more than 50 people.

Female Red-necked Phalarope, Loch of Funzie - Simply stunning birds

Male Red-necked Phalarope, Loch of Funzie - Much more variable in plumage than females

RSPB Loch of Funzie - The place to see Red-necked Phalaropes on Fetlar

Long-tailed Duck - This unseasonal bird is still present and makes it into July

The east end of Fetlar looking south to the Out Skerries

Moss Carder Bumblebee or "Shetland" Bumblebee - Shetland subspecies agricolae

Common Snipe - simply everywhere on Fetlar

Twite are often found around the meadows

Juvenile Wheatear


Otters are relatively frequent on Fetlar  - Just hope for a closer one!

The Out Skerries

Juvenile Dunlin

Northern Marsh Orchid

Black Guillemot - seen from the ferry between Fetlar and Yell and around the coast

Arctic Tern on Loch of Funzie

Pair of dark Arctic Skuas


  1. Great set of photos, Chris, in this post and the last. Really capture the vibe...
    Red-necked Phalaropes are so cool.

  2. Thanks Gavin, really pleased you enjoyed the photos and vibe - Good to hear. Hope to bump into you in the autumn at some point - Need to get back on the Patchwork Challenge!