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    Posted: 24 May 2022 at 00:21
We were fortunate enough to secure a trip to Skomer Island, at the southern end of St Brides Bay

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Boat for Skomer

Once you're on the island (about 15 minutes away) a Wildlife Trust muster point provides essential information on wild life to be seen.

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Birds spotted

There are nearly 40,000 breeding pairs of puffins on the island and a large array of burrows close to the access point means that you are spotting the birds immediately.

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Puffin takeoff

To take a couple of these individually

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Stretching the wings

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Liftoff

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Bluebells on Skomer

Much of the island was covered in bluebells at the time of our visit

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Oystercatchers

In the grass there were oystercatchers while from cliff tops we could watch seals

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Seal watching

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Seals

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Coastal visitors

Other visitors can take non-landing tours around the circumference of the island.

I'll be coming back to Skomer in a couple of weeks to show more of the island.

Edited by Howard_S - 28 July 2022 at 22:51
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The puffins and bluebells look great Howard
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Fantastic Howard, both the puffins and the landscapes!
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That is sooo very nice.. I really hope to make a trip like that once in a lifetime.
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Thanks, all, for your comments. As I say, I'll have more here in this thread in a couple of weeks.
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you found wonderland. what a treat!
love, LOVE, .... your puffins! and the rest!

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Lovely puffins and landscapes Howard.
(No luck so far, seeing puffins myself. The last time I tried there was dense fog, so much I couldn't see my own feet)

Looking forward to the next set
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What you lookin' at?

Some of you might be wondering what happened to my pronise to revisit this thread. Two weeks I said a couple of months ago; now I'm off again filling my camera card with other stuff. So this is just a filler to say I still have more to show on Skomer. But now it's more likely to be August, I guess. I just hope some of these birds don't become grandparents before I get around to it again.

Thanks for bearing with!

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So, coming back to the visit to Skomer Island, here are some other birds we spotted on the route around the island (all A7 III and Minolta AF 500mm Reflex F8):

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Dunnock

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Dunnock

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Red kite
I was surprised to see a red kite on the island - it's not the sort of habitat you normally see these birds

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Northern Wheatear

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Razorbills

Of course, I wasn't the only photographer there, but a 500mm AF Reflex is a lot easier to carry round than some of the gear I saw ...

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Serious gear for the puffins

More to come soon; thanks for looking!
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So, having circled the island we are back to puffin territory (as before these are A7 III with 500mm AF Reflex F8):

18 waves hello


19 wing stretch


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Puffin




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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 July 2022 at 18:28
As a prelude to the next sequence of photos, here is an animation from ten or so shots using the FE 70-300 G OSS

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Never get sick of seeing puffins, and these are some very engaging images.
#20 is a beauty.
And that stop frame animation reminds me just how challenging they are as subjects in flight.
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Thanks, Joe - just three more, then:

22 wing flexing


23 poses


24 off into the wild blue yonder


(A frame from the animated sequence, above.)
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A final selection to show the landscape of the island in the spring

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Bluebells on Skomer

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Skomer panorama

I was surprised to see bluebells out in the open.

I posted a colony of razorbills earlier; here's a pair


Razorbills

And a different treatment in B&W and 16:9


Razorbills /mono

And, finally, a farewell wave from one of the puffins just before we borded the boat back to the mainline.


Puffin farewell

As ever, thanks for looking!
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