Wednesday 18 June 2014

The Farne Islands, Northumberland

Spent an hour with my favourite birds, Arctic Terns on Inner Farne. The epic pong, ear splitting noise and dazzling sight of thousands of seabirds enthralled all, including our two nippers who thought the place was amazing. Sol was a bit freaked out by the dive-bombing terns but they were fascinated to see such beauty up close. Many of the Arctic Terns had just hatched tiny chicks, some right next to the path, enabling the kids to have wonderful views. This was a real privilege, marred only by some of the annoying fellow tourists who really didn't get how fortunate they were to witness this wonderful spectacle. If you've never been, then go. Soon!

On Sunday, we called in at Amble. Sadly, the boat was full so I had to make do with distant scope views of c20 Roseate Terns flying around over their nestboxes by the buildings on Coquet Island. Very distinctive, even at long range, especially when harrased by the positively leaden Arctic Terns.

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