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Old 12-03-18, 01:41 PM
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Default Shetland Isles Bird Identification - Any help appreciated :)

Hi there everyone,

I've just returned from an excellent trip over to the Shetland Isles and the wildlife there was amazing - we went primarily for the coastal hiking as am not really a bird watcher but there were so many beautiful creatures up there that caught my eye (curlews, lapwings, a goldeneye duck, red-breasted divers, whooper swans, redshanks, redwings and a stack of oystercatchers) that this hobby is hard not to get into

However, I've returned with a couple of images that I have no idea about, even having pored through my Collins Bird Identification book.

I'm opening up these (pretty poor images) to the combined knowledge in here and if anyone has any idea about the types of bird captured, it would be great to hear from you?

Thanks everyone,
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Old 12-03-18, 02:21 PM
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1. A wren - quite possibly one of the larger Northern subspecies.
2. Domestic Greylag geese
3. Male Red-breasted merganser in breeding plumage.

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Old 12-03-18, 05:31 PM
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Hi there Mick,

Many thanks for the quick info - much appreciated.

We actually saw a male and female Red Breasted Merganser too in a small inlet and they had standard (and recognisable) adult plumage so we weren’t sure on this one.

Thanks very much for the help
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