The views are amazing
|Looking across Pennan Bay|
|Rosehearty and Fraserburgh|
The bird life is even more spectacular. I didn't go for the year list, but to get photos. The first bird I saw was a Yellow/Black Duck
But enough of that. This blog is about Troup Head. Of course Gannets are the birds to photograph at Troup Head. So that is what I did.
It is not possible to get an idea of the size of the colony from the cliff top. The photos above show only a fraction of the birds there. In 2014 there were 6.500 nesting pairs. In addition non breeding birds are present as well. The best way to get a sense of the size of the colony by boat. There are a couple of boats that do Troup Head trips from Macduff. The one I have been on is Puffin Cruises. The colony is growing. every year there are new nest sites being occupied. If you go on a boat trip try to get the skipper to go a little further than Troup Head and across Pennan Bay. Although you might see Puffins at Troup Head (I saw one on this visit) there is a big colony of them on the other side of the bay.
There was a fairly strong North Easterly wind on this visit This created a problem that birds going from right to left went quickly. The photos were fairly boring
But some had added interest. Nest building was an ongoing activity
The problem was far outweighed by the benefit of seeing them land into the wind. They had to hang in the air while they picked the landing site.
Getting a photo of a bird feet dangling and wings up in isolation was a challenge but with trial and error, finding the right place and patience it could be done.
There were other shots to take.
More nest material collection
And classic poses that didn't quite come off
|Pity about the pole!|
|Not All in the Frame|
Fulmars were equally at home in the air
Rock Pipits and Humans teetered on the edge
There are two birds I have not mentioned. One, a Great Skua I saw as I was on my way back to the car. Something made me turn round and look towards the sea. I managed to get on the camera but only just.
The other was an Arctic Skua which I didn't get on camera. I watched it out at sea through binoculars harassing a guillemot returning from a fishing trip. Both were twisting an turning like fighter pilots in a dog fight. But Arctic Skua as a year tick.
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