Tag Archives: Scotland

Its a hard life being a Gannet

Life for a Northern Gannet cannot be easy as these shots suggest, with over 100,000 migrating to Bass Rock annually, space on the rock is limited.  As you can see tempers do flare and on occasion its the survival of the fittest.  The stabbing and biting with their beaks looks to be rather painful.

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The V&A Dundee

A few shots of the new V&A Museum in Dundee which is due to open its doors on 15 Sep 18.  The V&A Dundee is Scotland’s first design museum and first ever design museum to be built in the UK outside London.  The spectacular building was designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma who’s next project is designing the Olympic stadium for Tokyo 2020.  The V&A is part of a billion pound regeneration of Dundee waterfront which also includes a new railway station, several new hotels, Scotland’s first urban aqua park and Slessor Gardens an open area used for outdoor concerts.  Towards the end of 2019, waterfront place is due to open which will be a landscaped area that includes an urban beach (note – this is not a typo).  All shots taken whilst on a boat tour with Pirate Boats Ltd of Dundee on a very grey day.

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Northern Gannets in Flight

A few shots of Northern Gannets in flight taken on Bass Rock on 29 May 18.

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Squabbling Northern Gannets

With a colony of near 150,000 Northern Gannets on Bass Rock space is at a premium, the result, aggressiveness and squabbling which can get nasty.  As you get quite close to the Gannets on Bass Rock a peck or a stab from their large beak can be quite painful.

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Northern Gannets – Bass Rock

A few shots of Northern Gannets taken on a foggy morning in May.  Bass Rock is the temporary home to one of the worlds largest colony of Gannets with numbers around 150,000 during peak breeding season.  The Gannets stay around until Sep/Oct when they leave for warmer climates.  An excellent trip and experience provided by the Scottish Seabird Centre at North Berwick.

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Bactrian Deer

A few shots of Bactrian deer taken at the Scottish Deer centre in Cupar, Fife.  This individual was scooping up grass with his antlers with the aim of looking bigger and more intimidating.

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Kelpies at Night

A few more shots of the stunning Kelpies at night.

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Scotland’s National Sweet

Scotland’s favourite drink, Irn Bru, also comes in the form of amusingly packaged tablet.  In Bonnie Scotland ‘Tablet’ (not to be confused with the portable computer) is a medium-hard, sugary confectionery which is renowned throughout Scotland.  Utterly lovely but only in small doses!

Iron Broo Tablet

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The Kelpies

More of the fabulous Kelpies.

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Wolves

A few shots of the resident wolves at the Scottish Deer Centre.

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