Seahouses to the Farne Islands

Red bollard by harbour with blue boats in background on quay. The harbour at Seahouses with pristine boats waiting Two groups of men standing by harbour wall watching boat turning. The gentle pastime of 'watching together' at
Seahouses harbour side
Following pages with photographs of the west coast of Scotland, this page crosses Britain to the Farne Islands, off the Northumbrian coast, in the north of England. Boats to these islands, which is a National Trust Reserve, leave from the harbour at Seahouses, the first pictures of this page have photographs of that harbour and those boats - some of which were out of the water receiving their annual painting ready for the coming season. The rest of the page offers general shots of the large colony of seabirds which inhabit these islands. There are also photos of particular birds; among these the puffins and Sandwich Terns offer amusement and pugnaciousness respectively. Three blue boats on quay with blue sky above and blue water below. A rather blue crop of the same scene Two men painting the hull of a boat. A boat being prepared for the season. Just below where the men are painting... Water in harbour with eider ducks. ...Eider ducks swim happily, barely feet away Two male aand one female eiders. However, the high contrast of black and white plumage... Male eider in low contrast lighting facing camera. ...makes detail hard to see, but this bird has turned into the shadow showing its delicate plumb coloured breast... Eider with head turned in rippled water showing red reflections. ...and another bird turns its head to show
the neck markings
Rocks on sandy shore with waves and island beyond. The Farne Islands lie a short distance from the Northumbrian Coast, there is a lighthouse on Inner Farne, (dating from 1811) seen here above the Islestone Rocks Spur of rock going out from sand pointing at island. Three miles further out, and just visible to the left above, is the Farne's second lighthouse (completed 1826) situated on Longstone, the furthest out of the islands Waves spur of rock and island with lighthouse and tower. The lighthouse on Inner Farne is only a little over a mile from the mainland, to the left is Prior Castell's Tower which dates from around 1500 Looking up at cliffs with ledges thronged with seabirds. And so over to Inner Farne which has been a centre of ecclesiastical activity since the early middle ages. However, the cliff nesting birds have an edge in terms of longevity on the island Guillemots and kittiwakes on ledges. The cliff ledges are made white by their inhabitants... Nest beside ring of guillimots with sea beyond. ...guillemots, kittiwakes and shags Line of guillemots on shelf of rock. Guillemots on parade Small group of guillemots hard to see against black and white background. These photos with their drained colour show how hard it is to see these black and white birds against... Pair of guillemots standing besdie nesting kittiwakes. ...the black and white background. Above, kittiwakes add their snow white heads to the monochrome scene Cormorant on nest on rock. Shags and cormorants are hard to distinguish, often appearing as very similar black outlines. Group of cormorants or shags standing on rock. Cormorants have a bare patch behind their bills and are bigger - which rarely is a useful fact! Cormorant standiing beside and looking at group of puffins. A (probable) cormorant with a puffin audience Puffin with small sand-eels in its beak. Puffins seem to repeatedly pose in this stance displaying their... Puffin with one large sand-eel in its beak and cormorant preening. ...catches of sand-eels. The lack of which is part of the explanation for the decline of puffins in recent years Building with two large round windows and line of puffins along the edge of the roof. Puffins lining the eye brows of a two eyed building on Inner Farne Photographer pointing camera at hovering tern apparently above him. Distortions of a long focus lens. The photographer is far to the other side of the tern, but it is just as well that he also has a hat, for terns are extraordinarily effective in attacking heads! Head and front of tern sitting on nest, beak closed. The closed beak of this nesting bird makes eases... Head and front of tuern beak open. ...identification. More commonly the beak is vociferously open. Distinguishing this Arctic tern from the very similar common tern is not simple. The later has a black end to its beak, but here there is still a darker end which might mislead. The bleached white of the cheek provides confirmation that this is the Arctic species White wall with green capstone and white wall beyond. Red beaked tern standing on wall. A tern taking part in a photographic composition

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