Mooney Goes Wild, Sunday June 19th 2016

Hornøya's Seabird Colony

From June 10th to July 12th, you can follow a live show from a bird cliff on an island called Hornøya, in the distant north-east of Norway.  About 100,000 sea birds are nesting in the steep mountainside at Hornøya, near Vardø in Finnmark.




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On Mooney Goes Wild tonight...

On Mooney Goes Wild tonight...

Today we travel to a remarkable island off the extreme far north east coast of Norway, in the Barents Sea.  Small and uninhabited, Hornøya, near Vardø, is famed for its spectacular cliff where as many as 100,000 seabirds, of a variety of species, nest every year.  

This is the location of the latest “slow TV” project from Norway’s state broadcaster, NRK, and a number of cameras have been carefully positioned at this incredible site to capture the everyday life and drama of this unique coastal community.

This ‘slow TV project’ really does provide an unbelievably close up look at the lives of these seabirds, such as guillemots, puffins and kittiwakes, who choose the most inhospitable places to make their home and rear their young.  Imagine then what must it be like to actually experience this natural phenomenon first hand and see this astonishing sight with one’s very own eyes...    

Well, earlier this week, Richard Collins and Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland got to do just that, when they made the journey by train, plane, boat and finally on foot ...  to Hornøya.  There they met Helge Søfteland, who’s a broadcaster with NRK (Norway's National Radio) and Professor Robert Barrett, of the scientific section at UiT Arctic University of Norway. Professor Barrett is a member of SEAPOP, a collaborative effort to monitor and map seabird populations in Norwegian waters.

NRK began live streaming from this exceptional bird cliff just over a week ago and it will continue to broadcast around the clock for the next five weeks until 12th July.  And to watch the superb scenes from this seabird colony, all you have to do is click on the link above



On the Dock at Hornøya 


 Newly Hatched Shag



Richard and Helge Søfteland on Hornøya


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