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Bass Rock 2018



On the 3rd August 2018 Jeff Carter landed on Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth to photograph and film the birds that form the world's largest colony of Northern Gannets.

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The Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick run landing trips to the Gannet colony on Bass Rock for small groups of visitors.  The landings are strictly controlled and are very much at the mercy of the turbulent waters around the East Lothian coast.  The landing on the 3rd August was the fourth attempt to land, the first three landings in April and May being cancelled due to the sea state.

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The landing gave me the perfect opportunity to test the new Fujinon XF200mm f2 telephoto prime and also test the MKX18-55mm t2.9 cine lens on the Fujifilm X-H1, which I used to shoot the video below.

The landing trips last 3 hours and allow visitors to get extremely close to the UK's largest seabirds.

For more information on the Bass Rock Landing Trips visit the Scottish Seabird Centre website at