Saturday, June 21, 2008

Heading North for Seabirds - Chumming for Gannets

We sadly left the jetty at Bass Rock but still had a treat to come, with a short chumming session from the trawler. We sailed away from the island a little and then one of the crew started to throw small chunks of fish overboard. The gulls came in first and gave me an opportunity for some Greater Black-backed gull flight shots.
However, the gannets were not far behind and soon a number of birds were plunge diving into the water around the boat.

At point of impact
The speed of the dives and noise on impact is impressive. Here is another dive sequence
Birds that were surfacing, carried on seraching for food from the surface.
and of course it just wouldn't be gannets without some squabbling.

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