Dawn chorus with seals, Isle of Muck, Scotland, UK at 5am on 1st May 2020 – by Anton Spice

“The smallest of the Small Isles in the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Muck is thought to take its auspicious name from the Gaelic word ‘muc-mara’ (meaning ‘sea pig’ or porpoise). This recording was made at sunrise overlooking Gallanach Bay, where the birdsong is regularly interrupted by grunting, gurgling and splashing from the seal colony that lives in the water below. For me it captures two sides of the island’s personality: the domesticity and agriculture of the garden birds and farm animals, set against the wilderness of the ocean and its unruly inhabitants.”