Monday, 30 April 2012


The arctic tern on Inner Farne is the angriest bird in the world, and with good reason. It has one of the longest migration of all birds, wintering off South Africa and Antarctica, before heading to it's breeding colonies on the island. It's a ground-breeding bird, and is apt to attack anything it deems a threat to its nest. Unfortunately for the bird, the National Trust, which runs Inner Farne, sees them and their aggressive behaviour as an ideal tourist attraction, and actually markets the whole Hitchcockian experience as a  money-spinning exercise.

Of course, I payed my money, took my photos and videos, and got sucked into the whole affair.

But I can't help thinking that there's something unnecessarily cruel about it all.

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