This juvenile Gannet has been sheltering from the storm at the Tarbet Crossing. We see a few of these youngsters from the Bass Rock getting washed up on our shores.
It was nice to get up close to this bird and look closely at its plumage. It has delightful arrow head shapes at the tips of the feathers that become more frequent along the neck.
Don't look too closely. This bird was riddled with feather mites!
There are plenty of juvenile Gannets flying around the island or sat on the sea. Many of them are learning to do their familiar dive. Some are less successful then others. Many are belly flopping into the water. This is very entertaining to watch.