A view on Fishing,Community and Life on the NW coast of Scotland

In Flight.


Although it was a little breezy from the south hauled 300 creels and there is no disguising it, the fishing is very poor. Only out because I am working the weekend at the Inn and it would be embarrassing to run out of prawns and squats. The beautiful seabirds kept my mind of how poor the fishing was and I had a go at catching them in flight. Another first today with me feeding a gannet by hand, skua yesterday, who cares if the fishing is awful.


Comments on: "In Flight." (6)

  1. Beautifil Photos, as always.xx

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Thank you

      • Yes, fantastic photos. Do you think Great Skuas have become more common in recent years? Back in the 70s and 80s they weren’t exactly rare but I don’t recall seeing them in the numbers you seem to be seeing them in. I gather there was a time further back when fulmars were very rare but now, of course, they’re ten a penny.

      • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

        The numbers of skuas have definitely increased and they have worked out to get the bait themselves. Before they were a bit wary and would wait for the gulls to feed up on the old bait and then get them to disgorge. Now they compete with the gulls for the bait. Feeding one by hand ten years ago would have not crossed my mind. Saw one over on the Applecross side for the first time and may be a reason why the gull numbers do not seem to be increasing. The fulmars are probably increasing but not greatly. Seem to think that they come on the scene a bit later in the year. Food may be short this year and may be the reason for all this activity. Great for me but may not be good for the birds.

  2. Love the positive attitude…

    • applecrosslifeattheedge said:

      Sometimes its the only way to survive in a declining fishery. Cheers.

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