Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Whale watching and seabirds at Marwick Head

Photo: Minke whale.

A dull grey day with occasional drizzly rain couldn't dampen the excitement at Marwick Head. Perched on top of a spectacular sea cliff we watched at least two probably three minke whales feeding. The cliffs below held sizable populations of guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes and a few puffins, all crammed into every available space and if any of them dared to leave their ledges they were harassed by marauding bonxies and arctic skuas. On our way back to the car a corncrake called from an iris bed but refused to show itself.

Photo: Guillemot and two razorbills.

Photo: Bonxies.

Photo: Looking south down the west coast
 of Orkney towards the Old Man of Hoy.

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