John Craven and the Countryfile crew visited the Mull of Galloway yesterday to film our tysties (black guillemots). It started off a bit grey and wet, but the tysties were out and about in their pairs, and hopefully the film crew managed to get some good pictures. Here are some photos of me being interviewed by John.
Photos: Steve Hardy 2012
Countryfile have been filming a whole episode on Dumfries and Galloway, including a feature on RSPB Mersehead's natterjack toads (have a read here about Adam's report on the film shoot). It should be a great programme. Tune in to BBC 1 on Sunday 20th May to see it.
I spotted these two preening lovebirds in the sunshine at the Mull today. They sat on the same rock, grooming and preening each other for hours. Apparently, it has been scientifically shown that the longer a pair of seabirds grooms each other for, the better their breeding success. This pair, uncharacteristically for guillemots, have set themselves apart from the rest of the colony. I don't blame them, a chance to spend some quality time away from the constant bickering, bill-fighting and noise of the guillemot ledge.
Four puffins seen this weekend at the Mull!
In other news I am receiving reports of a single goulish eye staring up out of the wishing well at passers by.... mysterious.