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

A rare sight to see underwater, the smallest cetacean in UK waters but the most abundant, harbour porpoise #shetland

Delighted to see my photo of Greater Tongue-orchid (Serapias lingua) won a class in the Hardy Orchid Society photographic competition last year, and is in the Winter issue of their journal, out now. I can't wait to start a new season of plant photography...

On the subject of useful and informative tweets from @wildflower_hour, here's another in the #orchid series from my good friend @thenewgalaxy - and it's one of Britain's most imperilled species, Red Helleborine. Am hopeful I'll see one in Hampshire this summer...

What a great concept this is. Wildflower keys can be pretty intimidating - @nervousbotanist’s new series for @wildflower_hour is anything but. Looking forward to seeing these regularly in the weeks to come.

Love watching #otters forage in big spring tides, the Kelp jungle collapses onto waterless seabed so forest that they swim through so effortlessly becomes whole new world. The cubs two siblings can also be seen, can you spot them? Pic from the great feature in @WildlifeMag

For now #Puffins are far out at sea, riding out the winter storms, spread across far reaches of North Atlantic & beyond,each following their own unique seasonal itinerary of where/when they feed. Reading @anicolson #SeabirdsCry for 2nd time- it’s a must read. #Hermaness #shetland

Twitter #teammoth RFI: does anyone know of a single site which has recorded more than nine species of clearwing please (and thus can trump the garden of @AndilBoothroyd)?

If yesterday was #BlueMonday then surely today is #RubyTuesday? Seems like a good excuse for a cheerful Brazilian Ruby, a #hummingbird that does exactly what it says on the tin - found in #Brazil, and sporting a beautiful ruby gorget.

One more blue offering for #BlueMonday - a hummingbird that’s got the blues. No, not the slightly mournful drooping beak - it’s in the name. Lazuline Sabrewing is a dark blue, shimmering beauty - I found this one in the mountains of north Colombia a few years ago.

Today’s said to be #BlueMonday, the saddest day of the year. My antidote to that’s either to listen to @neworder’s classic track, or daydream about the fabulous array of blue butterflies we see on our @Greenwings summer tour in Spain’s Montes Universales..