Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward

North Atlantic Puffin on Hirta, St Kilda

Dun

Dun

Dun Island and the north Atlantic beyond, stretching as far as the eye can see.

Landing

Landing

North Atlantic Puffin coming in to land on Hirta, St Kilda

Main Street, Hirta

Main Street, Hirta

The ruins and partly restored remains of the main village street on Hirta, St Kilda. The residents evacuated the islands in 1930. This area is now a UNESCO cultural World Heritage Site.

Formation Flying

Formation Flying

Razorbills are the closest living relative to the now extinct great auk. A pair can be seen here apparently flying in formation near Boreray, St Kilda.

Rising from the Mist

Rising from the Mist

One of Europe's largest gannet colonies, St Kilda boasts about 150,000 northern gannets on the cliffs on Boreray and the nearby giant sea stacks. Here a gannet rises clear of the mist above the cliffs of Boreray.

Rock Pippit

Rock Pippit

A tiny rock pippit perches on the 430m high cliffs of Conachair, St Kilda, the highest sea cliff in the British Isles. The sun rises behind.

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Annoying Fulmar!

Annoying Fulmar!

A northern fulmar hovers in the updraft of high winds, disturbing a nesting pair on a ledge on the cliffs of Conachair, St Kilda.

Rays of the Sunrise

Rays of the Sunrise

Two distant northern fulmar glide above the waves of the north Atlantic to the backdrop of a spectacular sunrise. St Kilda.

St Kilda Mouse

St Kilda Mouse

Tempted from its hidey-hole by a few strategically placed dry-roasted peanuts, a St Kilda field mouse comes into view. This endemic creature, one of only two mammals on the island of Hirta (the other being feral sheep) is nearly twice the size of its mainland cousins.

Fulmar Chick

Fulmar Chick

A northern fulmar chick nestles on the cliffs of Mullach Bi, waiting impatiently for its parent to return with sustenance.

Farewell St Kilda

Farewell St Kilda

Looking back towards Dun and Hirta, St Kilda. A lone gannet flies across the moody sky.