Sea birds of Carna

Walking is quite difficult on the island of Carna, Western Scotland.  There are a couple of narrow tracks through the bracken, one taking you to the top of the mountain and the other leading about one mile south of the cottages.  (See my Carna/Ardnamurchan blog about the dangers of walking in bracken) The best way to travel around the island is by boat and on these little forays we happened upon a few seabirds.  Here, great black-backed gulls nested near to common terns and oyster catchers, creating an atmosphere conducive to neighbourly disputes in which the smaller birds always seemed to come off best.  A day trip to the island of Oronsay brought us a young razorbill, a shag hanging around the salmon farm and a white-tailed eagle, also being seen off by smaller gulls.  And common seals were common around the island…

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