Sunday, 12 May 2013

Sea birds and Seals; a fantastic trip on the Dunter III

Clare and I got the chance of a trip on the Dunter III from Lerwick around Bressay and Noss at short notice, luckily Beren was having a sleep over and party at his friends so we were doubly lucky to get the trip and time to ourselves.



It was a stunning day when we set off for what is around a 3 hour trip looking at seabirds, seals and the impressive cliffs of Bressay and Noss. Here's a video of the trip...





First stop was a bunch of grey seals near Shetland Catch...


Heading out of the north mouth we stopped at a few skerries and small islands to see what was about.

Shags...


Terns...






 Some common seals this time...


The distinctive head of a grey seal popped up nearby too...



And as well as various gulls there were Eiders, or Dunters which the boat is named after...



 As we headed around the back of Bressay we could see Noss in the distance...



 Near the entrance to Noss Sound we saw some more grey seals hauled out...


And were followed by a few Bonxies...







 In the shelter of the sound we stopped for a cuppa in sight of the warden's house on Noss...


They have a lovely beach...


Round at the cliffs of Noss the birds were very active...



There were groups of guillemots on the water and the cliffs...



Various gulls, black guillemots, shags, razor bills and even the odd puffin, but the bird that impresses most here is the gannet...







They even bring you flowers!


Then it was a dash across to The Bard on Bressay...



The Bard...


And below it The Giant's Leg...


And on past the Bressay Light at Kirkabister...



It was a fantastic trip out and many thanks to my friend Tom who was skippering and doing a great job.


2 comments:

  1. Such beautiful colours.
    And I love all the birds - each of them are beautiful in their own way.
    And I didn't realize Grey Seals had such big boofy heads!

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    1. Yeh grey seals have what is described as a roman nose and common seals a puppy's head, though it's often not so obvious as this especially with young/females. The birds are wonderful and getting so close to the gannets on Noss is ace. We were also lucky with both sun and sea which helps.

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