One of many photos taken on a trip to Bass Rock in the Forth of Forth. For under £100 this is an unforgettable experience.
It was an early start to get to Dunbar in time to board the working fishing boat "Fisher Lassie" at 7 a.m.. Maggie Sheddan from the Scottish Seabird Centre briefed us on what to expect then it was about one hour to the rock in fairly choppy conditions.
Getting off the boat was a little tricky due to the choppy sea and the slippery vertical ladders. The crew lost a boat-hook overboard in the process. But fortunately that was the only casualty.
Once on the rock we had three hours to photograph the birds at the closest of quarters. Once we had each settled down to our chosen areas the nesting birds accepted our presence and calmed down. Then is was just a question of isolating a good shot from the myriad possibilities all around.
I was prepared for many things: the vast number of birds; the smell; and the noise but not the number of birds that were in the air flying around us constantly. Words cannot describe the sight!
As you can see from this shot - the light was good. The only difficulty now is to select the best shots.