Bass Rock, off the coast near North Berwick in Scotland. From my research, I learn that it may provide nesting sites for somewhere in the region of 10% of the world’s Northern Gannets. I felt the colour of the little flag of the pole marking the golf hole helped link both halves of the composition.
One of my favourite views.
Perhaps, with a golf course there, they should replace birdies with gannets.
Maybe the island has one of the holes of the course – be some shot to get a ball there though!
It is possible to visit the rock by boat from North Berwick. We did it a few years back. You cant land on the rock but the boat takes you close in. It is an amazing experience with Gannets all around on the water and in the air.
🙂 – unfortunately, my ‘system’ has a pretty poor tolerance for rocking boats, so I’ll let that pleasure remain the good fortune of others.
My nearest piece of coastline has Bempton Cliffs as a feature – in the breeding season, the cliffs are adorned with the bodies of birds such as Gannets, Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Fulmars and various Gull species. Mind you, you need a pretty strong stomach for the smell if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction!
Yes being on the mainland is certainly one unique feature of Bempton. I believe it is the only mainland Gannetry in UK.
And about thirty years ago a single black-browed albatross for a year I believe.
Ah! Is that where it was – heard about it but didn’t really look at the detail.
Then it went to the Hermaness cliffs on Unst, Shetland where it reappeared every spring for over twenty years. I saw it there once, a very large bird amongst thousands of much smaller ganets. Lonely!
A very beautiful view of this rock…
Thank you. It’s certainly an obvious landmark from the golf course.