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East Coast Seabird Safari

7th to 9th June 2019

Our three-day East Coast Seabird Safari takes you up the east coast of Scotland, from Anstruther in Fife, to Troup Head on the Moray Firth. Along the way, we will be able to photograph Puffins, Shags, Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Gannets, Fulmars, Great Skuas, Herring Gulls, Greater and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, Common Terns, Arctic Terns, Little Terns, Oystercatchers, Sandwich Terns, Grey Seals and Bottlenose Dolphins, amongst a host of other species.

Gannet feeding chick

Northern Gannet feeding its chick at Troup Head

Among the highlights of this safari is a trip by boat to the Isle of May, where up to 60,000 breeding pairs of Puffins nest each year. The island is also a stronghold for Arctic Terns, Eiders, Shags and Lesser Black-Backed Gulls and an important breeding ground for Atlantic Grey Seals.

Puffin with Sandeels

Puffin with Sandeels on the Isle of May

We will also visit Fowlsheugh, where huge colonies of Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmars fight for nesting space on the crowded cliffs, as Lesser Black-Backed Gulls, Greater Black-Backed Gulls and Great Skuas wait to pick off the unwary. Aberdeen Harbour entrance provides rich pickings for Oystercatchers, Dunlins, Curlew and Turnstones.

Mating Razorbills

Mating Razorbills

 

Grey Heron with catch

Grey Heron with catch at the entrance to Aberdeen Harbour

 
Other locations include the Ythan Estuary, where Sandwich, Common and Little Terns repeatedly dive close to shore and large numbers of Grey Heron prowl the shallows. This is also one of the Osprey hunting grounds in the area, although sightings are quite rare and decent photo opportunities rarer still.

The dramatic sea stacks and cliff arches at Bullers of Buchan are home to Fulmars, Puffins, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Guillemots and Troup Head is Scotland's only mainland Gannet colony, where thousands of these huge and beautiful seabirds nest each year.
 

Gannet Headshot

Gannet portrait taken at Troup Head

 

Lesser Black-Backed Gull feeding chick

Lesser Black-Backed Gull feeding its chick on the Isle of May

 

Courting Razorbills

Razorbills courting at Fowlsheugh

 

Spectacled Guillemot brooding its egg

Spectacled Guillemot brooding its egg on the Isle of May

 
We take a maximum of four people on this safari, to ensure adequate tuition and assistance, so please book early to avoid disappointment. The price for this event is £595 and includes your boat trip to the Isle of May, all travel between locations and two nights accommodation with full cooked breakfast in an hotel.

 
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