Gannet on the water

I’m used to seeing Gannets flying at head height. Since their colonisation of Noup Head cliffs, their numbers have soared like a Gannet and the cliffs are alive with their calls.

One view I’ve never had up close is of a Gannet on the waves. They ride surprisingly high up. They’re very buoyant.

Gannet - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

It’s a glorious view from the Orkney ferry to Westray. Current mood: buoyant.

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