Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Wildlife photographer chased after rescuing bird from fence

Mark Strachan took this picture of the bird as his fellow walker Peter Lewis prepared to rescue it
Mark Strachan took this picture of the bird as his fellow walker Peter Lewis prepared to rescue it

A photographer has described being chased by an irate gannet after he rescued it from a wire fence.

Wildlife photographer Peter Lewis and fellow snapper Mark Strachan had been walking to the coastal route at Troup Head, near Pennan, in the hope of taking pictures of some gannets.

The large birds are common in the area and the spot at Troup Head has been recognised as one of mainland Scotland’s few gannetry, with 1,500 pairs.

But while walking to the dramatic cliff-top path, the pair spotted a gannet with its head stuck in a wire fence.

Mr Lewis called the Scottish SPCA but was worried the distressed bird may get hurt and decided to free it.

But the angry bird kept snapping its large beak at him, adding to the challenge.

Writing on Facebook, Mr Strachan said: “He freed the bird, which was a struggle as it kept trying to snap at him each time he tried to free it.

“Eventually when he gets it free I thought he was being chased by the police with the speed he ran away as the gannet chased him along the park.

“But all ended well as the gannet took off back to the sky where it belonged.”

The men think the gannet had got caught in a gust of wind and forced into the fence.

Mr Lewis said: “I thought about going to grab a dog blanket from the car but it was flapping about so much I didn’t want to waste time and we had no idea when the Scottish SPCA would get there.

“So, I decided to try and get its neck back through that wire square.

“These birds are really big close up – their beaks are massive.

“I think I might start carrying gloves with me just in case.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]