There are Common Guillemots, Uria aalge, flying in front of the cliffs at Noup Head on Westray. It’s a breezy day and the updraft as the wind hits the cliffs is propelling Guillemots past us at enormous speed.
They’re exceptionally tricky to photograph when they’re going like a rocket. It’s exhilarating to be amongst them, as well as slightly dizzying.
I’ve spotted that a few of them are bridled. They are the same species, but bridled Guillemots have curious white eye-markings. Here’s one now:
It gets closer:
I’ve rarely had such a close view. I’m thrilled.