On my way to Shetland now for a week of exploration and frontier birding with Martin and Sharon. This is my 40th treat to myself. I have read about Shetland from a very young age, so this is a real dream come true. Yesterday Martin asked me what am I looking forward to most. So I want to kick bushes and find rarities; I want to photograph them; I want to enjoy the wild scenery; I want to enjoy some spectacular migration experiences; I want to explore some interesting species, variation and ID limits issues; I want to spend time with good friends; and I want to see some good rarities found by others...
These are among the birds at the top of my list - not the rarest of all but I'd be very happy to find or see at least one of them. Images courtesy of James Lowen - he took them in Shetland last year:
I will be spending long days in the field and will probably be knackered in the evenings, but I will do my best to update the blog regularly. Stay posted!