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Troup Head

Route: Troup Head, near Pennan

Date walked: 11/04/2014

Distance: 2.3km

It may be only just over a mile long walk, but Troup Head on the north coast of Aberdeenshire is a superb place to visit for anyone with an interest in seabirds - had a great trip back there yesterday with the camera.

At the eastern end of the clifftop path there are views over a few puffin burrows, though we didn't see any from up here today. From the western end - past some scary viewpoints - there is a stunning spot to watch the gannets both on the cliffs and flying in and around.

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There seemed to be some not particularly friendly behaviour going on!
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I think this is part of a courtship dance:
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Some were bringing in material for nest-building (or flying with material to dry it). I'm not sure if they could see where they were going:
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Nest maintenance:
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Coming in:
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After heading back we took a boat trip (with Puffin Cruises) out from Macduff to see the cliffs from the bottom as well.
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Plenty of lovely cliff scenery on the trip out:
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The boat was joined by a pod of 3 dolphins as well:
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Troup Head looks impressive on the approach, and white with guano:
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Courtship dance from the sea:
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Guillemot:
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Razorbill take-off:
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We did see a couple of puffins though they swam into the wrong spot for the light!
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Seabird city:
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For anyone with any interest in birds, the short walk is unmissable. I'd highly recommend the boat trip as well :D

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