As our tour was not for watching seabirds on Small Skellig, we soon headed to for Skellig Michael. The other side (western) of Small Skellig was as covered with gannets and their droppings than the eastern side but now the wind prevented us from the scent!
When the boat gets closer, it seems that the rock is covered with snow. Actually, this is not snow. Small Skellig is a bird sanctuary and hosts one of the largest gannet colonies in the world. The largest colony is in Scotland, on St Kilda island. Most of the world population (80%) lives in the British islands. Anyway, there are over 40,000 gannets living on Small Skellig. The whitish color of the rock is both the gannet themselves, their droppings and their drippings! Depending of the wind, we sometimes can smell an atrocious smell! It is good that landing as both almost impossible and anyway forbidden!
Besides gannets, other sea birds nest in smaller colonies on Little Skellig : Storm petrel, Manx shearwater, fulmar, kittiwake, razorbill, common guillemot and Atlantic puffin.
Small Skellig appears first. It is a narrow rock about 500 meters long. It looks like some stranded gigantic dinosaur! The sharp summit is about 150 meters high and is framed on the left by a series of even sharper rocks and on the right by a shoulder, half its height. The higher summit on the left and a lower on the right.
Little Skellig is the smaller one of the Skellig Rocks -- hence the name ;-)
You can't go there as it is only inhabited by birds: There's thousands of gannets here as well as puffins, seagulls, razorbills, kittiwakes etc living here. We also saw some seals lying in the sun here.
On the way to Skellig Michael your boat will reduce speed around Little Skellig so that you can take many pictures and have a look at all those birds.