Puffin + rabbit (soon to inherit the rabbits burrow)
Other interesting oceangoing birds that we encountered on the way included 3 Fulmar approaching the boat quite tamely as well as increasing numbers of Kittiwake and Black Guillemots hiding amongst the Common Guillemots or on their own rock ledge. On the Island itself was another totally different experience. After climbing a small cliff my brother and I suddenly found ourselves amongst huge colonies of Puffins, their behavior seemed more surprising to most people than their unusual clown-like beak. Taking photos was no issue at all and only after a few shots and some extremely photogenic poses on the puffins behalf I gained spectacular photos. The hundreds of Common Guillemots and Razorbills were equally tame and produced equally amazing shots (although on the whole they were less numerous as the Puffins). Other birds that went largely unnoticed and ignored by the visitors (of whom there were 100's) were the occasional Rock Pipits and a small flock of what I presume were Twite. It was only to soon that we had to leave, but the sea birds didn't stop turning up and it was only as we came down the cliff ledge that a huge Great Skua loomed infront of us along the cliff ledge towards the Puffin colony. The trip back was equally packed with birds and even a Basking Shark that I briefly glimpsed the tail of only meters from the shore line of the Isles. Three more encounters of Great Skuas ensued on our trip back to the mainland and Laga Bay, some approaching closely and overtaking the boat whilst others remained only distant. 3 Manx Shearwaters were also a welcome sight as one approached the boat very closely allowing us to observe the detail of its plumage and beak.