Our last full day on Shetland started with us emptying the fridge for one final breakfast and cracking a few more slipway jokes before heading out into the field. First stop was a report of a possible Baikal Teal at Loch of Benston - plausible given the recent presence of one on Fair Isle - which had to be checked out. Satisfied it was 'just' a Garganey (still a Shetland tick for all of us) we moved quickly on to Kergord. A Bluethroat had been reported there in the 'Rustic Bunting ditch' and the team were keen to see it. We walked slowly down the hedge and it duly sat up on a post - too easy.
|'How did it come to this?' asks a sodden Great White Egret on Yell|
|Great Skua off Yell|
|Long-toed Stint - a tiny bird a long way off!|
|Amazing magnification on Howard's little superzoom|
|The long toes of the Long-toed Stint!|