HU3620 : Nesting on a pointy skerry

taken 1 year ago, near to Bigton, Shetland Islands, Great Britain

Nesting on a pointy skerry
Nesting on a pointy skerry
There seem to be Fulmars nesting on almost every cliff or ledge in most parts of Shetland, many in relatively accessible places, but I was rather taken with this one who had chosen to nest right on the top of a distinctly pointy skerry just off the southern tip of St. Ninian's Isle. The metamorphic rock is a micaceous psammite of the Colla Firth Group (Whiteness division 0 correlated with the Dalradian in mainland Scotland) here dipping quite steeply to the southwest. This produces the characteristic steep smooth rock faces on southwest-facing cliffs. The northeast-facing sides are steep, but much more ledgy, which produces many little niches which are the more favoured nesting sites, as you can see on High Herbi Clett on the right of the photo. Further out is Inns Holm, the southern tip of which is catching quite a lot of surf from the westerly swell (which is why we were walking today, and not sea kayaking).
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Date Taken
Friday, 22 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 11 July, 2018
Geographical Context
Coastal  Estuary, Marine  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Category (from Tags)
Sea Life  Skerry 
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Skerry   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3672 2039 [10m precision]
WGS84: 59:58.0082N 1:20.6482W
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OSGB36: geotagged! HU 3672 2042
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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