Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Barnacle geese - Killinallan
Barnacle geese rest up on the beach past Killinallan Point, with Nave Island in the background. These geese were completely unbothered by the presence of myself and my dog, it's pretty rare to get close on foot without putting geese up on other parts of the island.
Barnacle geese (a protected species) are shot in small numbers by SNH on Islay (a Special Protection Area) if they are considered to be causing "agricultural damage". I must confess I've never really figured this one out...