A team of 11 convened just before 07.00 and loaded the boat for the short journey to another world. A totally undisturbed island inhabited by thousands of seabirds and visited by humans only a few times a year.
The landing was uneventful in an almost flat calm. Birds were obvious everywhere with Eiders loafing on the beach and auks & gulls filling the air. The first thing that hits you is the noise, then the smell. Guano and lots of it. There's nothing like a strong whiff of ammonia to clear sinuses blocked through flying long haul.
The group split in two with a small team of 4 going with Rachel to ring a sample of 200 Cormorant pullus whilst the bigger team led by Steve made a start on the auk colonies. I was with the team about to be puked and shat on by the cormorant pullus. They really are disgusting smelly creatures even fi the parents try and make the nest smell a bit better with fresh flowers!