Ian says … Today it was a long drive up to the coast and across to Troup Head. A couple of hours after leaving the lodge we arrived on the small carpark at the end of the farm track just several hundred yards off the cliffs. Just below the car park there were probably 10 Yellowhammers but that wasn’t what we had come to see. On reaching the cliffs the first birds we photographed were the Fulmars – fast birds when you are trying to follow them with a big lens at a short distance. We then moved on to the main Gannet colony and along with the Razorbills we were kept entertained until it was time to head back.
Pauline say's .... since talking to a chap in the Findhorn Valley last year who showed me photos of gannets on his mobile phone I have kept a visit to Troup Head in the back of my mind for a future visit - today we went - its a long drive but well worth the experience! The impression I had from the guys phone pics was of a gentle slope with gannets nesting. Perhaps I didn't walk far enough - I didn;t do the whole circuit feeling a bit 'cream crackered' and arthritis playing me up. I sank down at the first viewpoint I came to and tried to photograph flying fulmars .... with a 500 lens on a tripod (I should have taken the 400 but the fear of being too far off made me tote the biggie - I'll know for next time!) The drop offs were amazing and disturbing but that's sea cliffs for you! Dave P stood right on the edge - and I do mean right on the edge - toes of his boots crawling off over into thin air - was making me feel sick and dizzy and I was sat down a few feet from the edge .... I love ya Dave - but you're nuts man!