03 Aug Bass Rock Landing 2016
Source: Maclean Photographic
Yesterday morning, after three months of trying, I finally got to land on Bass Rock to visit the Gannet colony that is visible from the end of my road here in Dunbar. The Bass has been described as one of the natural wonders of the world by no less than Sir David Attenborough, so who am I to argue with ‘the man’? I just also happen to agree with him!
On Monday evening, for the fifth time this year, I waited anxiously for a text from the Scottish Seabird Centre to say that the trip had been cancelled. No text arrived so I set the alarm clock for 5:30am and went down to Dunbar harbour to meet our guide Maggie and the other guests on this trip out to Bass Rock on the Dunbar based fishing boat ‘Fisher Lassie’.
Now we had got this far on the 26th June and with the island shrouded in mist I still wasn’t convinced we would be able to land.
However my doubts were banished when the mist lifted enough to see Bass Rock and the thousands of Gannets that call this lump of rock in the Firth of Forth home. The sea mist was still hanging around the top of the island but this didn’t deter us from landing.
As I had been here before in 2014 I had a better idea of what I wanted to photograph this time and so I was more methodical in my approach. I also listened to Maggie who