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A visit to the Isle of May

Posted: 6/6/2017 1:44:33 AM   Page Views: 882   Comments:

Being a scientist has its perks; I was recently invited by one of my work contacts to stay overnight on the Isle of May - a small island and seabird colony in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, that is usually only visited by day trippers. The island is famous for its puffins, of which there are 45,000 breeding pairs, but it is also home to thousands of guillemots, razorbills, kittwakes and arctic terns.

Getting an insight into the long-term bird monitoring on the island was fascinating, and I didn't miss the opportunity to take some photos too! As I was only there for one night, I decided to make the most of it - I set my alarm for 4.30 am to catch the sunrise. The sight that greeted me as I stepped out the front door of my accommodation was quite spectacular. Imagine (what seemed like) every one of those 90,000 puffins lined up on every cliff edge and rock on the island watching the sun rise above the ocean - it was certainly a special moment! And being up so early, I had the island to myself too - well, myself and several hundred thousand seabirds!

I'm still going through my photos, but I've just created a gallery of my favourite puffin shots. Hope you like them, and please do get in touch if you want any more information.