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Kirkibost

Abandoned buildings on Kirkibost island

Kirkibost is a little uninhabited island behind our house. I’ve never been over until yesterday, but when our neighbours Conor and Katy asked, if we’re up for a walk, we said yes. When low tide is at it’s lowest, it’s fairly easy to walk over and cross the stream. It didn’t exactly work out unfortunately, but Conor and I made it over, we just had to swim a few meters.

Usually undisturbed from humans, Kirkibost has lot’s of nesting birds. We were very careful not to step on eggs or even chicks. These common gull chicks were very cute.

A duck mum
We saw this chick getting attacked by adult gulls, but it was fine.
Conor with his child on the back, checking the water level
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A great tern out

In the field behind the house some arctic terns are nesting. When we go for a walk in the bay, they show up flying overhead, checking if we are potentially dangerous. I tried to take a couple of photos, but these birds are fast. But I got this one.

Alternative titles: An interesting tern of events, u-tern, tern up for the books, Tina Terner, thanks for terning up.

Sorry for two bird-related posts in a row, I’ll make sure that it will take a tern for the better.