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    Posted: 21 June 2019 at 17:11
The title sums up the intention of this thread

Taken on my recent trip to Skomer island in Wales. Continuing on from my previous in-flight thread, these are mostly portraits of the bird.
I have a LOT of shots of these wonderful little bird and it takes forever to link them lol. So I'll do them in batches and keep the thread updated.

All taken with A7RIII+100-400mm

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Wonderful shots of these photogenic birds. They seem quite relaxed in your (distant) presence. Love the detail in the markings, the feathers and those remarkable beaks.
The Bokeh is a bit harsh in #4, compared to others but I guess that's a function of the aperture setting in that one?
##1, 5, 7 and 9 are the ones I like best.
Looking forward to more.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 June 2019 at 07:23
Thanks fo looking

all these were shot at f5.6. I image the busy bokeh in #4 is possibly because I panned quickly to shoot them and may be there was some movement or heat... not sure really...

The birds are indeed very relaxed or rather they are undisturbed in their natural habitat. Since only few human are allowed on the island and we are forced to stick to a path. They don't seem to care or be scared of us. They'll easily get very close to you even walk over your feet sometimes if they have to cross the path and you are in the way.

Few more pictures below

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Wow!! These just keep getting better and better!
Some outstanding images here, particularly those showing the interactions between the birds. The fine details in the plumage, the facial expressions and the colours are superb.
I hope one day to get to see these beautiful little birds like this.
Of this set, it's very hard to pick favourites, but if I had to they would be ##12, 17 and 20.

As an aside, it would seem that Neil's (@owenn01's) neighbour the puffin tagger has been slacking off a tad. I can't see any leg tags on any of the birds you've photographed and presented here.

Thanks again for sharing these remarkable images.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 June 2019 at 22:08

Thanks Joe. I like #12 myself, so much so I printed it too

I notice you are from Australia. There was actually a Sony ambassador who came all the Australia just to shoot these birds. She was shooting A7RII with 100-400mm. Just ask Sony to sponsor you too   

Don't think I noticed any of them tagged tbh. Far too many to tag them all
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This is the last set (for this year), I promise

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jozioau Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 June 2019 at 12:17
Anand,
Wonderful photographic mementos of your very special adventure. As I've said, it's something I'd love to do if ever I get to the northern reaches where puffins can be sighted and photographed ...... perhaps some day??
You must be very pleased with what you've captured - the puffins in flight, on the ground, emerging from their burrows, and interacting amongst themselves. Doesn't get much b better than this. Thanks very much for sharing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gimjen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 June 2019 at 16:03
Wow - absolute great pics of these fantastic birds. I like #12 and #14 most!
Just missing a flying one ;-)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote nandbytes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 June 2019 at 20:33
Thank you guys for commenting

Originally posted by gimjen gimjen wrote:

Wow - absolute great pics of these fantastic birds. I like #12 and #14 most!
Just missing a flying one ;-)


I posted flying one couple weeks back - https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/puffins-in-flight-more-pics-added_topic134514.html
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Post Options Post Options   Quote WestCoastCannuck Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2019 at 18:54
More outstanding stuff! There are so many great ones, its impossible to pick a fave - I could pick any one of at least half of them. Love the closeups.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote bharnois Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 June 2019 at 20:41
So much puffin I had to break out my rescue inhaler!

Thanks, nice series.
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Thanks guys for the compliments
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Amazing birds.
And a joy to look at.
The shooting conditions seem to be perfect and you made great use of it.
A fun series.
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I really like the oddness and whimsy, the difference from the norm of #26.
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