The Farne Islands revisited.

previously on Farne Islands.. part1 Β part 2

We got lucky with the weather yesterday for Sophie and I’s return to the Farne Islands. Blue skies all day until home time, when it bucketed down, but we were in the car by then and didn’t care. As we’d only been a few weekends before, we just concentrated on getting shots of the puffins and the seals, as we hadn’t needed the zoom lenses for the shags and terns last time out, but missed them for the puffins and seals. All these are done with the fuji and a 55-230 zoom.

seals
seals
basking
basking
sunbathing
sunbathing
frollicking
frolicking
peeping
peeping

As we got closer to the islands we could see that there were nowhere near as many birds nesting as last time we came, guess all the babies have grown up.

empty nest syndrome :)
empty nest syndrome πŸ™‚

Not as much poo either, so it wasn’t as smelly this time. πŸ™‚

We got straight into seeing the puffins. This is their story πŸ˜€

a herd of puffins
Puffin Town
you lookin'at me??
you lookin’at me??
break it up fella's
break it up fella’s
near,far,wherever you are...
near,far,wherever you are…
I know my heart will go on..
I believe that theΒ heart doesΒ go on..
I'm over here you idiot!!
I’m over here you idiot!! & stop singing!
your turn
whatcha looking for?
i'll see if I've got it
i’ll see if I’ve got it
you get a better view up here don't you think?
you get a better view up here don’t you think?
Mornin' all
Good morning all.
Morning? It's past lunchtime, we've been up hours!
Morning? It’s past lunchtime, we’ve been up hours!
I can do it I can do it!!!
I can do it I can do it!!!

So that’s the puffins, with apologies to Mlle Dion.

There were a couple of other bits of wildlife we came across,

The Hat Family
The Hat Family
Roger
Roger
Kittiwake
Kittiwake
Shag
Shag
Mr.Somebird.
Mr.Somebird.
Mrs.Somebird
Mrs.Somebird
Arctic Tern feeding it's teenager
Arctic Tern feeding

All too soon it was time to get back to the boat, you only get an hour on the Island, to keep numbers manageable.

The view to the landing place was beautiful, our boats waiting in a natural harbour.

Blues and Boats
Blues and Boats

I took a couple of shots on the way back, but mostly just enjoyed the ride.

Farewell Inner Farne
Farewell Inner Farne
WTH??
balancing act
I am sailing..
I am sailing..

FI2-37

Lighthouse
Lighthouse

And my favourite shot of the day is….

A happy tog.
A happy tog.

Puffins just make anyone smile.

And that was our day out. Love the fuji colours, I didn’t have to process these overmuch, just added the Fuji Astia preset in LR and that was it. Will still have to go back at some stage as I cocked up with ‘burst’ shooting mode to get some of the puffins flying. Complete fail, but a good excuse for another visit. πŸ™‚

Back to work tomorrow, hey ho.

laters gaters

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21 Comments

  1. I love puffins!Great shots especially the one flapping his wings…and love the sparkling sea in the background. The cormorant shot is fantastic and I love the ‘favourite shot’ too. All the photos are wonderful in fact :).

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    1. aw thanks Clare.

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  2. Wow, amazing shots Fraggy, those puffins are adorable. And those seals are Hugh .
    My vacation is coming to a close, so stay tuned πŸ™‚ Lol. Ok, time for me to try and get some sleep

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    1. Hope you have a sunny last day xx

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      1. It was Fraggy , got me a rainbow . I should have time to blog tomorrow πŸ˜‰

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        1. will look forward to it!

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    2. Thanks Fraggy, time to pack up and find a hotel room near the airport. And we’ll find something to do over that way, looks like another day in paradise

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  3. Astia was one of my favourites presets πŸ™‚ Nice portraits of the little fellows (-_^), thanks for share an enjoyable travel.

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    1. thanks Francis πŸ™‚

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  4. melissajane14

    So happy you could get back to the islands with your zoom lens! The Puffin story was a bit anticlimactic, but the hat family was a hoot πŸ™‚
    Any sign of the big-lens Italian squad?

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    1. yes, false advertising on my part, more of a commentary than a story! πŸ™‚ No big lens squad this time, the breeding season is just about over but school holidays have started here, so the serious photographers have been and gone, and there were lots of families with camera phones and DSLR’s with bog standard lenses.

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  5. Seals are such hams!

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    1. πŸ™‚ they are indeed.

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  6. Beautiful shots, Fraggy. The tele seems to work very well. Sharp, cool colors and a nice bokeh. The close ups are excellent. It looks as if you were enjoying the trip again. It’s a beautiful spot. Have a great day. Reinhold

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    1. Thanks, am working but mNaged a few shots for a pano, hope they come out ok 😊

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  7. Love the puffins! So cute!

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    1. thanks Lola πŸ™‚ they’re quite addictive to photograph!

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  8. I’m watchin’ your exquisite pix and I’m missin’… Iceland! ❀ πŸ™‚ I love "lundi" = puffins… πŸ™‚
    https://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/vigur-islet-and-its-cute-puffins/

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    1. nice to see them on the water, we were not able to do that as you can’t get on to the beach at Farne.

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  9. I used to work somewhere where we had a stuffed puffin as a mascot but I’ve never seen one in real life. Turns out that they’re SO CUTE! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. thanks Matt, (sorry I missed this earlier) I bought a mini puffin to accompany the Travelling Bear & Bagpuss in my car πŸ™‚ I will grow up one day.

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