overlooking the Farne Islands from Seahouses
As we finally approached the islands on board St Cuthbert II, the overwhelming smell, sound and sight of the immense sea-bird colony swamped our senses, almost enough for me to forget about our main objective. However, once landing on the jetty, along with at least another 50 odd others, our search began for the tern. It had clearly gone fishing as there was no sign for over two hours as the numerous Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Arctic Terns entertained us. Other species included 3 Knot, the odd Turnstone and a Grey Seal hauled itself out on the small beach next to the jetty. Suddenly, at 11:20 the shout went up from Dave (on the other side of the jetty), "I'VE GOT IT!" A mad rush to arms as everyone grabbed their closest gear (me being no exception) and thankfully I got straight on the bird! An absolutely stunning adult BRIDLED TERN, what a mega!!!
Bridled Tern, WOW!!!
Initial views were rather brief and I only got a couple seconds of it in flight before it flew around the other side of the island. Thankfully, (particularly for Sh4rpy's sake) the bird reappeared behind us in its favoured spot and came to perch in amongst the other terns. To our immense relief we finally enjoyed good views of the bird, only 20 mins before we had to board the boat and return to the mainland!
Sorry Sh4rpy for having to explain that, I just don't want to forget the expression on your face after it flew out of view!!! Only joking, but thanks once again for all the driving, it was much appreciated!
mostly Arctic but a couple Common Terns as well
"bridled" Guillemot, one of two birds that I saw on the island
Good bye Farnes!