Jon Dunn

Jon Dunn


Jon Dunn is a natural history writer, photographer and wildlife tour guide based in the Shetland Isles, but with strong links in mainland Europe and North and South America that see him travelling widely in search of memorable wildlife encounters.

Author of the critically acclaimed “Orchid Summer” and “Britain’s Sea Mammals”, and co-author of “Britain’s Mammals“, he has written natural history and travel articles for several British magazines and newspapers, and writes the weekly Rare Bird Alert online Rarity Round-Up.

His photos have featured in “Britain’s Sea Mammals” and in numerous magazines and journals (60 North, Birding World, British Wildlife, Birdwatch, British Birds, Birdwatching, Alula, and Dutch Birding) and newspapers (The Sunday Telegraph, i Newspaper, Shetland Times, and Yorkshire Post). Front covers have included 60 North and Shetland in Statistics.

He credits a childhood living in the rural West Country of England for his lifelong interest in all things natural history based – a childhood spent exploring the water meadows and abandoned orchards of the Somerset Levels, and the droves and ancient woods of Dorset’s Blackmore Vale. Before long he had spread his wings further afield and was travelling widely around the British Isles and then further afield in search of birds, butterflies and orchids. A move to Shetland 15 years ago fulfilled his dream of living on the edges of civilisation in one of Europe’s great wild places.

He was once stalked by a Mountain Lion whilst bird-watching on edges of Mexico’s notorious Sierra Madre Occidental, but generally prefers experiencing wildlife on his own terms and not as part of the food chain.

Jon Dunn @dunnjons

It’s been a joy to find some wildflowers here in Andalucia this week. Spring might still feel a way off back in Britain, but winter is definitely loosening its grip here. Erodium primulaceum studs sunny banks in the hills.

Somebody's horny in the mountains of Spain right now...

Spent time feeling faintly voyeuristic today watching Iberian Ibex courtship in the Spanish limestone uplands. Some head-butting between the big-horned males, and some concerted licking and sniffing by the dominant male...

If you've been inspired by @dunnjons tantalising tales of the Iberian Lynx watching he and our group are currently enjoying in Spain, you might like to know that we're offering another chance to see these fantastic felines in February. Sign up here...

It wouldn't be a @Greenwings tour without at least one superb butterfly and, today, Iberian Ibex, Lynx and Imperial Eagles were all overshadowed by this mint gem - an early Provence Hairstreak.

As a boy, this was THE species in my European butterfly books I wanted to see. (1/2)

Welcome to my office this week. The beautiful countryside of Andalucia and, walking across that hillside, a young Iberian Lynx, one of two we found this evening. Today has been another good day.

What an incredible first full day it's been on our @Greenwings Iberian Lynx tour. First up, a mother and two cubs sunning themselves at dawn on a frosty hillside. And later, resident male Icaro arrived to hunt rabbits, and generally chill out, for an hour. And the birds? (1/2)

Tranquillity base here...

Moonrise this evening in Andalucia. Can't wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Golden-hour Goldy at dawn on #Shetland summer upland. A special place/time, the plovers plaintive call, drumming Snipe overhead, the evocative call of Red-throated Diver and iconic call of the Bonxie.
#goldenplover #sunrise #birds #wildlifephotography #nature

This orchid photo was taken by a guest on a recent holiday with us in Rhodes, Greece. If you'd like to spend a week there this spring enjoying & photographing orchids & other flora, why not join our guides @sarah_cuttle & @dunnjons?

More info here...

A really nice article about Shetland in winter, out today in @Telegraph by travel writer @SimonWIParker. Enjoyed a day out giving him the Shetland Otter experience

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One from a cold snowy day last January - an Otter in an unexpected place, out on the hills in #Shetland. We think of them as strictly bound to water, but I've found plenty of signs of them inland over the years too.
Speaking of mammals in chilly places, watch this space...

Sometimes, it's just good to pause and look up.

What an incredible response! Today, you have helped us to raise the first £4,000 towards our #SaveSwanscombe appeal.

Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared today! Please keep sharing!

Good morning! ☀️
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By helping to raise £10,000 with @CrowdJustice to get the much needed legal & expert advice - and stop this wildlife haven becoming a theme park?
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Six years ago today, #Shetland was dishing up one of those rare, breathless winter days that seem otherworldly. Today, the wind steals the breath from my lips and winter is all too present.

Some of today's Otter activity in Shetland...

Red-necked Phalarope, silhouetted against the golden summer sunset.
#shetland #redneckedphalarope #shorebirds #wildlifephotography #birdphotography @NatureUK @BritnatureGuide #TwitterNatureComunity
#BirdTwitter #wildlifephotography

As there's apparently a bit of a circular visual theme developing in my recent posts, here's one of my favourite lichens from 2021 - Caloplaca verruculifera, growing glaucous in shade. What circles in nature have you found?

Wilson's storm petrel coming back to its nest last night (2130pm) on Peterman Island, Antarctica

Caught the first episode of this as I sat writing this morning - it's lovely to hear one of my favourite books last year read aloud. Do have a listen... and better yet, buy @calflyn's #IslandsOfAbandonment to read at leisure.