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.
It’s a glorious view from the Orkney ferry to Westray. Current mood: buoyant.
More glorious Gannets
Gannetry There's a Northern Gannet colony at Noup Head on Westray. Whenever there's a breeze in the right direction the Gannets… read more Dive! Dive! Dive! A joyous trip to Brixham breakwater was rewarded with a procession of diving Northern Gannets. Marvellous, aren't they? read more Greta Gannet We're watching the Gannets at Noup Head when the Puffin Whisperer gets very excited. She's seen one with an egg.… read more Noup in the mist Noup Head lighthouse isn't visible until we're almost on top of it. There's dew on the grass and on the… read more Bonxies on a boat Great Skuas, Stercorarius skua, are known as Bonxies in Orkney. Their flashing go-faster white wing-stripes are a familiar sight as… read more