The 'MV Geira' had developed an engine fault so I sailed to work on the MV Bigga via the Bluemull Sound. Only 12 Long-tailed Ducks were seen, a female Velvet Scoter was a surprise and it was nice to pick out the regularly returning drake Surf Scoter among a tight flock of Eider. A single juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen flying east through the sound.
Long-tailed Ducks in the Bluemull Sound
Female Velvet Scoter in the Bluemull Sound
After the events of last Autumn it was nice to appreciate the concave culmen.
Adult drake Surf Scoter in the Bluemull Sound