|View from the South Horn|
|Female shelduck with eight ducklings shortly before they started to disappear.|
|2 beautiful oystercatcher chicks (can you spot them) and a 3rd egg starting to hatch|
And this bad weather held off just long enough for Jeremy and I to finish the seabird monitoring. In 3 weeks we have covered the island many times counting (with lots of help from others) roughly 5600 pairs of gulls, 1000 pairs of eiders, 300 pairs of terns, 2000 pairs of kittiwakes, 600 pairs of shags, 300 pairs of fulmers, and about 35000 guillemots and razorbills not to mention counting 100 cliff face plots containing about 200 auks each. As we start to do the adding up we will let you know actual figures but at the moment I am left with the memories of the sights, sounds and smells of being in the centre of a seabird metropolis for days on end. Some linger long in the mind: like a guillemot, poo covered and hot, dropping down off the cliffs for a cool bath and dive under the water, and coming face to face almost with a razorbill and receiving the full force of its malevolent gaze, and finding a razorbill tenement in crack wedged with stones and of course the impossibly dainty kittiwakes poised on their nests showing everything they have learnt from kittiwake finishing school until they open their mouths.
|Given the eye by a razorbill.|
|Dainty kittiwake on nest|
|A guillemot diving in clear blue seas.|
|A razorbill tenement with 3 floors of birds nesting in a crack.|