Stac Biorach

St Kilda, Outer Hebrides, Scotland. Day 20 , 18th July.

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We are in the channel between Hirta and Soay.   Hirta is the main island in the St Kilda group and Soay is the large island to the north-west of it (original home of the Soay Sheep).  Refer map in the Arrival at St Kilda post.

It’s a bit hard for me to know exactly what we are looking at here.  The triangular rock looks like Stac Dona but that’s beside Soay and too far away so that must be just a coincidence.  My guess is that the two rocks in the foreground are at the end of Hirta off An Campar (or the Cambir) and are too small to appear on an online map.  The larger rock in the background is probably Stac Shoaigh, seen lengthways and looking closer than it really was due to perspective compression with a long telephoto lens.

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The same two rocks in the foreground and definitely Soay in the background to the right.  Probably Stac Shoaigh again in the background to the left.

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Here we are looking back against the sun at the headland at An Campar on Hirta.  What appears to be a square end to the point is actually a small island (Mina Stac).

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On the left is Stac Shoaigh, showing a hole from a tunnel through it.  The tall rock to the right of it is Stac Biorach.  At the far right is Soay.  The sea mist is a bit heavier here. it comes and goes.

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Looking back at Hirta.

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Stac Biorach in front of Soay.

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Again but closer.  There are innumerable seabirds on top of the stac.

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The bottom of the stac, underneath the mist.

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Here you can see the density of the birds on the rock.

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Birds on rock ledges on Stac Biorach.  I think they are all gannets.

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The St Kildans were expert climbers and had no trouble climbing stacs like these.

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Gannets against Stac Biorach.

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A closer view of a gannet.

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7 comments on “Stac Biorach

  1. Rajiv says:

    Oh man! Fantastic!

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    • Murray Foote says:

      A long way from the summer heat of India! It’s one of those places where you feel privileged just being there, with the photographic opportunities looming up out of the mist before your eyes.

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      • Rajiv says:

        Are you referring to where you are now?

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      • Murray Foote says:

        No, I’m referring to this post.

        I’m currently back in Canberra. Admittedly, though we live in an inner city location, we have 10,000 acres of “bush” over the back fence with loads of kangaroos and inviting fog some winter mornings – but I tend to take that probably more for granted than I should.

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  2. enmanscamera says:

    Great information and your photos are worth taking the time to view. good work.

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