Sumburgh Head is one of the best places for seeing seabirds in Shetland. One of the wonderful things about this place is that you can get so close to the birds, specially the puffins
The puffins are such characterful birds and are great fun to watch as they waddle around on the tops of the cliffs, going in and out of their burrows (which were often originally rabbit burrows).
and greeting each other
There are other sea birds here too including fulmars
this article to find out more about seabirds in Shetland and this article to find out more about how puffins are faring across the UK.
One sea bird that is thriving in Shetland is the storm petrel, which has thousands of pairs nesting on the island of Moussa. The petrels nest in the cracks between stones in the beaches and walls on the island. We went on a late night boat trip to see the petrels and it's a wonderful experience to have them flying round your head as they come in to their nest sites. You can also hear them all calling from the walls and the beach, quite a haunting sound!