RSPB Fowlsheugh Bird Sanctuary

Since our return to Bonnie Scotland, I have wanted to revisit the RSPB Fowlsheugh Bird Santuary and last week I actually managed to do just that. 
It's only a short drive from Aberdeen so we are very lucky. 
The spectacular cliffs at Fowlsheugh are packed with approximately 130,000 breeding seabirds at this time of year, from Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Fulmars and my personal favourite... the Puffin. It's possible also to see grey seals, dolphins and minke whales too, if you are lucky. 
But before we start our visit, perhaps I should warn you that this post contains a lot of photographs and if you have vertigo, then maybe this post isn't for you.
So watch your step and let's head to the edge of the cliffs....
The weather was a mixed bag on the day... we got both wet and sunburnt!
(Just a typical summer day in Aberdeenshire)

I'm always surprised by three things when visiting the santuary.
Firstly, that there are no railings, fencing or any restrictions on the clifftops. 
Secondly, the smell can be quite pungent shall we say and thirdly the noise is incredible.
But the views are spectacular.
Breath-taking in fact.
Yes, once I got into photographic mode, I had to be reminded not to step too near the edge.
I tend to get a compelling feeling that I'm being pulled if I get too near the edge, especially whilst looking down to the sea crashing onto the cliffs.
Obviously the birds don't suffer this... looking at the tiny ledge they call home.
Did you spot them? 
In the photo above it shows the closest that I could get to the baby birds.
It was a very precarious perch... I mean me... not the bird!
I was amazed to see flowers growing... they must be hardy to survive here.
You might think that you are just looking at the cliff face, but let me tell you that that cliff is teaming with life. How they perch on to the rock face is beyond me.
Here's a closer look at just how many birds are nesting here. 
The mind boggles as to how they find the right nest when they return from a visit out to sea.
It appears that no perch is beyond their reach.
As we passed other visitors we asked if they had been successful in seeing any Puffins. 
It was on my wish list to see these incredible birds, especially as they have been placed on the endangered list. 
One chap in full camouflage gear carrying enough camera equipment to sink a battle ship, said that he'd seen only few, as numbers were down this year. 
I began to think I'd be unsuccessful in my quest yet again.
Well the view certainly made up for any disappointment.
But with the aid of rather strong binoculars and my very own Twitcher 
(that's a bird watcher for those who may not have heard of this term before) 
we found two pairs of Puffins! 
They were situated on the grass bank near that cave (shown in above photo)
We watched as one parent returned numerous times to the nest with their bill full of sand eels. 
Fantastic!
Unfortunately, I still haven't purchased that zoom lens, so I haven't managed to get a photo for you, but I can't tell you how happy I was and I may even have done a little happy dance, if I hadn't been so near the edge of the cliff.
I'm linking today to Wordless (on Tuesday at image-in-ing) and Mersad ~ Photography Through My Lens
If you'd like to read more about the RSPB Bird Sanctuary then click Here
Scotland does have amazing scenery and I hope to show you more soon.
Thank you for spending some time with me.
Have a great day and hopefully I'll see you again soon.