Friday, February 19, 2010

Fulmar calls from a ruined fortress

Last weekend I visited Lisa in Aberdeen and although Sunday and Monday were rained out, we did make a nice trip to Dunnottar Castle on Saturday afternoon - I was virtually back on the bus south again to Stonehaven after 12 hours overnight from London! Dunnottar Castle is probably best described on the castle's website ( as "a dramatic and evocative ruined cliff top fortress in a truly stunning setting". Seabirds have started returning to nest on the cliffs and I made some sound recordings of duetting Fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis). Below is small excerpt to listen to (with breeding calls from a distant Herring Gull in the background).

Photos: Dunnottar Castle, Stonehaven War Memorial, Stonehaven harbour at night.


Warren Baker said...

wouldn't mind shutting myself away there for a few months Fraser, no barking dogs, noisy kids, lawnmowers, chainsaws, reversing beeps...... and all the other racket i have to live with..bliss!

Fraser Simpson said...

I agree! It was the polar opposite of London life too!