Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wexford Sights (XVI): The Saltee Islands (I)






The above photographs were taken last Sunday on the Saltee Islands, just off the south coast of County Wexford. On a rock at the far end of the island is a huge gannet colony; the noise, smell, and sight of this is quite breathtaking. The photo of the cave is worth clicking on to enlarge, as in the thumbnail you may not see all the birds around the entrance...
Click on the link to see a map of the island.

9 comments:

jams o donnell said...

What glorious scenery!

A Doubtful Egg said...

It's a very beautiful place, and the weather on the day we were there was glorious. My partner and I, with some English friends over for the weekend, even did some swimming in the icy water! The highlight was the gannets, though - anyone with a fear of birds would have been in Hell!

Claude said...

Splendid photos! All worthy of an enlargement click. I cannot believe the number of birds on that rocky point. Was the bird resting, or dead, on no:4 photo? I'm not too sure I would enjoy the company of that many birds, although I truly admire them. That seal was very trustful. Thanks, D.E.It's a lovely view!

Sean Jeating said...

Both impressive and lovely photos, D.E.. Thanks for sharing.
Glad you enjoyed such a splendid weekend.

A Doubtful Egg said...

Thank you, Claudia and Sean.Yes, sadly, the bird was dead. A lot of young birds are learning how to fly, and not all get it right. And all those birds were a little intimidating; their beaks are like blunt knives.

stancarey said...

Ahh. This kind of scenery makes my heart soar. And I love gannets; they're remarkable looking birds.

A Doubtful Egg said...

Such scenery is very beautiful, and in the West you must be spoiled for choice, especially in this weather! If you like gannets, you need to come to Wexford and visit the Saltees. The colony is huge, and you can get within touching distance of the birds. I found the gannet chicks absolutely hilarious; they're so ungainly and fluffy, yet practically the same size as their parents!

stancarey said...

Yes, there's no shortage of beautiful coastline along the west, much of it little-visited. I haven't had much opportunity to explore it in recent months, apart from ventures within walking or cycling distance. Some day I'll invite myself to Doubtful land and check in on the gannets!

A Doubtful Egg said...

Please do! (Although visiting the island in early summer is recommended, as in addition to gannets there are also puffins in residence (I believe))