It's been a few weeks since we've had time to visit the seabird colony on the nearby cliffs. Since our last trip, a few local Facebook groups had mentioned auks returning all around Orkney's coastline, so yesterday we were hopeful that we would see a change!
Still plenty of Fulmar action, but also, as can be seen from this close-up image...
Shags were busy nest-building...
often with what ever was to hand (beak?).
A bemused-looking Rock Dove.
And did I mention the plethora of Fulmars?
On the way back home, we took a moment to look across the Bay of Semolie...
which necessitated a quick scramble down the cliffs to recover a balloon.
Once down on the shore, it became obvious that, despite last weekend's Orkney-wide annual beach clean, it is a huge and ongoing task to remove marine litter from the environment.