Greetings

Greetings

Northern gannets greeting one another.

Looking Down on their Surroundings

Looking Down on their Surroundings

Gift

Gift

Gannet returning to his mate with seaweed for nest building

North Berwick Backdrop

North Berwick Backdrop

Take-Off

Take-Off

Overcoming the challenges of landing on Bass Rock in swollen seas, I absorbed the spectacle of this densely populated gannet colony. Thousands were nesting on the ground and hundreds circled overhead. Engulfed by a pervading stench, and constant cacophony of harsh, ‘krokking’ bird calls and with my feet immersed in several inches of soft mud; guano and discarded feathers, I attempted to capture the drama of one bird joining the throng.

Birds Overhead

Birds Overhead

Bass Rock is an imposing rocky island rising over 100m sheer from the Firth of Forth. It is estimated to host about 150,000 Northern Gannets nesting in close proximity to the cliffs, of which several thousand are in the air at any one time, circling in the same direction to avoid a collision.

Very Young Chick

Very Young Chick

Home for this tiny newborn creature is a muddy nest on a crowded clifftop perch. Its seeks warmth from the blood flowing through the mint-coloured veins of its parent's foot.

Touch Down

Touch Down

Bass Rock is an imposing rocky island rising over 100m sheer from the Firth of Forth, Scotland. It is estimated to host about 150,000 Northern Gannets nesting in close proximity to the cliffs. This gannet was slowing down in flight in order to negotiate a safe landing on a cliff face nesting site.

Heavens Above

Heavens Above

Thousands of birds constantly circle the gannet colony at Bass Rock.

Gannets squabble over a fish

Gannets squabble over a fish

Bass Rock is an imposing rocky island rising over 100m sheer from the Firth of Forth, Scotland. It is estimated to host about 150,000 Northern Gannets nesting in close proximity to the cliffs. Here, gannets and herring gulls dive and compete for the fish being cast their way from a nearby trawler.