Have been processing my photo’s from the Farne Islands today so am going to post just a couple, well 4 really 🙂
Firstly a baby Arctic turn shouting for lunch
next up 3 puffins on a wall.
I am not sure why lots of the puffins were just sitting around or walking about with a gob full of fish, not eating them, just keeping them.
At last a half decent flying puffin shot! (I only deleted about 100!)
and finally, ta dah… my first ever dolphin sighting.
I’m afraid my telephoto lens is a cheap and nasty knock-off-nigel, but I can’t afford a proper one, so the overall quality isn’t all that great, sigh, but it’s enough for me to remember what I saw through my eye lens 🙂 Plus with the dolphins I was in the inside of the boat and couldn’t get to the outside bit and had to shoot through the glass window!
Today the sun shone for a little while late this afternoon, so I found some more shadows.
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.
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.
Not as much poo either, so it wasn’t as smelly this time. 🙂
We got straight into seeing the puffins. This is their story 😀
So that’s the puffins, with apologies to Mlle Dion.
There were a couple of other bits of wildlife we came across,
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.
I took a couple of shots on the way back, but mostly just enjoyed the ride.
And my favourite shot of the day is….
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. 🙂
Landing on Inner Farne is not fun, lots of vicious arctic terns think you’re here to steal their babies and dive bomb everyone as they get off the boat and peck their heads- advice was to wear a hat, which I did ( and walked fast!) Sophie kindly stood still so I could get a shot of one pecking her head, but boy they are so FAST!
There were lots of twitchers on the island with very long camera lenses, they do make me laugh.
They were also some Italian people and they were very happy.
This chap reminded me of Timothy Spall OBE the actor 🙂
When we got back to the harbour, which only took 15 mins on the way back, we had a wander around as blue skies had arrived. Also I’d mostly used the Nikon for the bird shots and wanted the fuji to have some fun too.
As you might have noticed, I strung all the birds shots into a slide show, the little Nikon did a good job, though it made me laugh standing next to a Big Lens person, but will be going back with my new zoom lens at some point. Sophie forgot her zoom lens on the day too so we both struggled, but it was a fab day out and we had a good time 🙂