HU5538 : Guillemots rafted below Cradle Holm

taken 11 months ago, 4 km from Brough, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Guillemots rafted below Cradle Holm
Guillemots rafted below Cradle Holm
A large flock of Guillemots were rafted up just below the cliffs as we turned the southern tip of Noss, so we aimed away from the coast a bit to give them some space. However, they suddenly chose to head out to sea directly in front of our group - they do take a long time bouncing off the wave tops to get airborne so we were treated to a closer view than we'd have ventured to get.

The nearest cliff face, with the cave entrance, is Cradle Holm, an island at all but low tide (and pretty inaccessible from Noss even then, as there is a deep rocky cleft the same height as the cliffs). Beyond this is Charlie's Holm, with rock of a similar colour, whilst in the distance, looking much whiter, is Noup of Noss, surrounded by wheeling Gannets.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 20 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 4 July, 2018
Geographical Context
Coastal  Sport, Leisure  Estuary, Marine  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Category (from Tags)
Cliffs  Sea Life 
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Sea life   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 5505 3897 [10m precision]
WGS84: 60:7.8941N 1:0.6551W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 5502 3893
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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