Black guillemot - Cepphus grylle

Black guillemot - Cepphus grylle - Sea and Shore
Canon 800mm f6.3 for 1/200th @ iso800

Lochaber Transport runs a passenger and car ferry across the Corran narrows. It never ceases to amaze me how many vehicles can actually fit on the ferry - at least a couple of logging lorries plus cars.

The ferry runs from the eastern side of Loch Linnhe (Nether Lochaber to Ardgour) about 8 miles south of Fort William and is the gateway to Ardnamurchan and beyond, as some use the ferry to travel across to the Fishnish Ferry Terminal on Mull from Lochaline.

Disembarking from the ferry most cars turn left at the top of the slipway and head off toward Strontian Morvern, and other westerly destinations.

A right hand turn - and opposite the residents car park for the pub at the top of the slipway is a small jetty and just on the ferry side of the jetty - a small colony of Black guillemot have made use of the gaps in the jetty structure for roosting over the tides.

At low tide it is possible to get a few metres closer to the jetty - be aware of the wash from the ferry when it arrives at the jetty !!

The bird in this photograph having being woken by it's neighbours - pokes it's head out of the cubicle and "shouts" at the couple sharing a cubicle just off camera !!