Life aside today was very successful day. An early morning text (cheers Rory) was welcomed with the news that the long staying Bearded Seal was swimming around at Mid Yell voe looking ready for a day of sunbathing. A slight delay in getting off Whalsay meant i had some time to kill, so a check of the gulls around Laxo voe produced a very rare sight this year? An Iceland Gull.
Dougie who very kindly taxied me (again) up to Mid Yell. At first we couldn't see the seal and feared the worst, but all anguish was soon gone when it was spotted haul out on the muddy bank. 3rd time lucky and well worth all the effort, an absolutely beautiful creature with not a care in the world. it was totally unperturbed by our presence looking on at us rather bemused. Mid Yell is a far cry from the Canadian Arctic but it looks well at home, as you can tell.
Picture courtesy of Dougie Preston