Sule Skerry & Sule Stack, July 2015

In July 2015 I was very lucky to be able to spend two weeks on Sule with the Sule Skerry Ringing Group. The last time I was there was in 2005 and it was fantastic to be back once again. I consider Sule to be the best seabird island in the UK and it is certainly one of the most concentrated! I am especially indebted to Jez (Blackburn) for including me in the six that visited the Stack, a fantastic experience to be on top of one of the remotest and most difficult Gannetries to access in the UK! The Gannets have really increased on Sule (now over 1000 pairs) as there were only about 200 pairs in 2005.

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

 

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

 

Common Guillemot (Uria aalge)

Great Skua (Stercorarius skua)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

 

Common Guillemot (Uria aalge)

Common Guillemot (Uria aalge) Bridled form

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

European Shag (Phalacrocorax carbo)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) 

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Northern Gannet (Morus basssanus)

 

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

 

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

 

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) 

Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

 

Common Guillemot (Uria aalge)

Shiant Isles, July 2014

In July 2014 I was invited to spend a week on the Shiants with the Ringing Group. To make things easier I took the zodiac to help transfer people to Garbh Eilean (Rough Island) and Eilean Mhuire (Mary's Island). We did manage to get out to the Galtachancs one day but there was too much swell to land. My special thanks to my good friend Jim Lennon and alsoto David Steventon who organise the trip every year.

 

The massive boulder beach on Garbh Eilean from Eilean Mhuire

Eilean Tighe from Garbh Eilean

 

Razorbill (Alca torda)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

 

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

 

Razorbill (Alca torda)

Great Skua (Stercorarius skua)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

 

Razorbill (Alca torda)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

 

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

 

Razorbill (Alca torda) 

 Razorbiill (Alca torda)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

 

Kolyma Delta, Arctic Siberia June -July 2013

 On the 5th June 2013 I set out from Seimchan in the upper Kolyma region with my good friend Dr.Alexander Andreev (Sasha) and Dr.Alexander Kondrateev (Shuric) from The Institute for Biological Problems of the North based in Magadan for the town of Cherskyi our base and starting point for an expedition out into the Kolyma Delta.

It took us twelve days to travel down the 2200Km of the Kolyma River by Zodiac and coal barge. Our goal was to fit three satellite transmitters supplied by Olivier Gilg of the Arctic Research Group (GREA) in France to breeding Ross's Gull.

To read a full account of the expedition log please Click Here

 

Arctic Ground Squirrel (Spermophylus parryi}

 Great Knott (Calidris tenuirostris)

 Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris) 

 Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris)

Grey Plover (Pluvialis squatarola)

Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea)

Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea)

Ross's Gull (Rhodostethia rosea)

Shuric and Sasha with adult Ross's Gull fitted with a transmitter.

Spectacled Eider (Somateria fisheri)

Spectacled Eider (Somateria fisheri) 

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Gyr Falcon (Falco rusticolus)

Gyr Falcon (Falco rusticolus)