Thousands of Barnacle Geese lifting off at Gruinart, Isle of Islay

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Animated picture of thousands of Barnacle Geese lifting off from a nature reserve on Islay, Scotland
Thousands of Barnacle Geese lifting off at Gruinart, Isle of Islay

Always an amazing sight, the thousands of Barnacle Geese wintering on Islay lifting off after having been spooked by something, may be a raptor, may be a human getting too close, anything.

Geese over dunes seen from Kilchoman beach, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a large number of geese flying low above some dunes
Geese over dunes seen from Kilchoman beach, Isle of Islay

A large number of Barnacle Geese flying low over some dunes, seen from Kilchoman beach. I think somewhere close to Coull Farm, but I’m not 100% sure.

Geese over Cnoc Mòr and the wreck on Kilchoman beach, Isle of Islay

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Picture of a large number of Barnacle Geese flying over a low coastal hill, a wreck on a beach also in the picture
Geese over the Cnoc Mor and the wreck on Kilchoman beach, Isle of Islay

A view north on a mostly cloudy afternoon on the west coast of Islay. A good number of Barnacle Geese are flying west over Cnoc Mòr (82m) to land at the coast between Machir Bay and Saligo Bay. In the foreground the wreck of the Patti is sticking out the sand of Kilchoman beach.