SEALS AND SEABIRDS TRIP TO NOSS
There were wonderful views from my carpark stopping place, and I looked out over the approaches to Lerwick Harbour. I had arranged to meet Sally and Garry plus Sally's parents by The Dunter on Victoria Pier right in the centre of Lerwick at two o'clock ready for our trip round the Isle of Noss. I had photographed this very island when I first arrived in Shetland and took the ferry across to Bressay. By travelling up and over the Bressay moors there you see the Isle of Noss from the soft and gentle side of things, and to be honest I couldn’t see what the fuss was about. But on my journey south to visit Sally and Garry, I had spotted the very distinctive cliff which had been my first view of Shetland, and asking Sally where it was, she told that it was The Noop of Noss - and those very cliffs rising sheer, nearly six hundred feet out of the sea was where we were headed today.
We were to travel on The Dunter and Dr. Johnathan Wills, a well known expert and author would be both our captain and guide. In fact his season hadn't officially started, but with Sally's Mum and Dad plus me we were alreagy a party of five, and as he had a film crew to take out in the morning it was all arranged. In the event even more folk wanted to book and there was nearly a full complement of passengers by the time we started out.
The cliffs at Noss towering above us
If you look closely you can see the tiny white specks are gannets with up to two metre wing span
Dr Jonathan Mills - Captain of Dunter III
and our guide for the day
The day had been rainy on and off, but I was sure it was going to be ok, having 'seen enough blue sky to make a sailor a pair of bell-bottoms' and sure enough the rain held off. As it was not exactly a flat calm sort of day we headed off round the sheltered side seeing masses of seabirds and seals on the way there. Once near the island we anchored and the underwater camera was sent down to show us in colour the sealife beneath the waves, and very colourful and interesting it was too. Then having been served coffee and biscuits we headed in really close to the cliffs, soaring way above us, with the hosts of seabirds looking like tiny pin-pricks on their nesting ledges high above us.
Live pictures from the underwater camera
Closer into the cliffs
And even closer
Gannets on their nesting ledges