Photos from Cape Wrath

Monday, July 11th 2011

The ringing team arrived back from Cape Wrath late on Friday evening after an eleven hour journey by landrover and minibus! The minibus took the scenic route through Glasgow which added to the time taken! These photographs are by Whitfield Benson who joined the team for several days to get up close and personal to some of his favourite birds. Here is the team getting ready to head off for the day.

Faraid Head

On the first day the team headed to a loch close to Durness where several species of gull and tern breed. This Arctic Tern chick still has its egg tooth.

Astic Tern Chick

On the same island on the inshore loch, a Dunlin was observed.

Dunlin

Later in the week, below the UKs tallest sea cliffs, the Guillemots seemed to be having a good breeding season. Their chicks were big and healthy and the adults were bringing back plenty of fish.

Guillemots

During the 'simmer dim' which only lasted for around two hours, the team mist netted around forty Storm Petrels. Here is one having been ringed and re-adjusting its eyes to the darkness.

Storm Petrel


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