Thursday, 18 July 2013

Skomer Island..Puffins

The main purpose of my recent trip to Wales was to photograph puffins.I had chosen a settled spell of weather when the boats would be able to make the crossing to Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire coast.I had seen odd puffins before at Bempton Cliffs in East Yorkshire but had not seen them in numbers or in their classic pose with beaks crammed with sandeels.The reports from Skomer were promising so I made the long journey via the red kites at Gigrin Farm in central Wales as described in my previous posting.
After a sleepless night in the car at Martinshaven,the departure point for Skomer,I joined the early morning queue for tickets for the first crossing at 10am.I was on the first boat and just after ten I landed on Skomer Island.After a brief introduction from one of the wardens we had the beautiful island of Skomer to explore.Puffins were everywhere but I made for an area known as The Wick which is the place for photographers.There was plenty of action with puffins coming and going from their burrows.They were nesting very close to the path and it was at times difficult not to get too close to the birds.Cameras were clicking away and most of the photographers would have gone away with lots of wonderful shots of these very photogenic birds.Some of my efforts are shown above and I hope you enjoy looking at them.There will be more in my next post.Thanks for looking in.   


  1. Wonderful close ups of these photogenic birds Brian.A journey well worth making.

  2. With fish ..... excellent !
    I met in France, in the reserve of seven islands. They were away, but they are so beautiful
    Wow, this is beautiful

  3. Fantastic birds Puffins Brian.Glad that you were able to share so many excellent images with us.Well worth the effort though!!!