Summer has finally arrived here on the Scottish East coast and today in cloudless skies and a gentle breeze I headed off to RSPB Troup Head for a few hours.
|The view looking south of Troup Head|
Apart from the usual selection of Auks, Fulmars and Kittiwakes the high cliffs of Troup Head provide a spectacular setting for Scotland’s largest mainland Gannet colony. The walk up to the cliff edge isn't particularly long but quite dramatic and today, a whole host of butterflies along the path which included Dark-green fritillary, Grayling, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Tortoiseshell, Red Admiral, Common Blue and my first Painted Lady of the year.
Yesterday ('you should have been here yesterday) a Fin Whale, the planets second largest species was seen just offshore but sadly not today! However, for me, it was all about the Gannets and I enjoyed the company of these amazing birds for a few hours in glorious conditions. Watching Gannets hunting fish, spotting one, and seeing them rain down on their prey is surely one of Wildlife's greatest spectacles! And, for nearly the whole duration of my stay, I was practically on my own!
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