Sea Bird Colonies

June and July is a great time to visit a breeding sea bird colony around the UK. It can be a major assault on the senses with the smell, noise and birds coming in from all angles, but its really a wonder of the natural world and cannot be missed.

The main colonies near to me in the Scottish Borders are Bass Rock and the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth, and St Abbs and the Farne Isles on the east coast. Any or all of these are worth a trip in June or July, though the Gannets of Bass Rock take longer to breed so can be visited other months as well.

I’ve covered Gannets before on my website, mainly concentrating on individual portraits. This time I wanted to show the spectacle of birds together on mass as they cling onto the cliff to raise their young, or fly around the rock face in groups.

Scottish sea cliffs

Scottish sea cliffs

Feathers being blown over the side of Bass Rock

Feathers being blown over the side of Bass Rock

The Bass Rock Gannet colony

The Bass Rock Gannet colony

Gannets off a Scottish coast

Gannets off a Scottish coast

Remote camera on Bass Rock

Remote camera on Bass Rock

Puffins on the Isle of May

Puffins on the Isle of May

Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes on the Isle of May

Guillemots and Razorbills on the Isle of May

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New Start

A new start…..and first post to this blog

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