Farne Islands~July 2018~Part 3~ The Others

Part 1 HERE. Part 2 HERE As well as Puffins, various other sea birds breed and nest on the Farne Islands. Here are a few of them. Kittiwakes are one of the most abundant birds around the Farne Islands. They make a nest of mud and straw which often has to be rebuilt as they are easily washed from the rocks by either torrential rain or heavy seas.   The Arctic tern is famous for its migration; it flies from its Arctic breeding grounds to the Antarctic and back again each year, the shortest distance between these areas being 19,000 km…

Farne Island – July 2018- Part 2- Puffin-fest

Puffins!!  This is the main reason we go to the Farne Islands, to see the huge colony of  puffins that come here to breed and we try to get some in-flight shots, which are SO difficult because the buggers fly at supersonic speed! There are 3 types of Puffins but here in the UK we get the Atlantic Puffins. Puffins form long-term pair bonds or relationships. The female lays a single egg, and both parents incubate the egg and feed the chick (or “puffling”). The Dads dig out the nests, or use rabbit burrows if there are any about.  Puffins…

Farne Islands – July 2018 – part 1

I’ve done a few posts of my trips to the Farne Islands, as regular readers may remember, having visited there in 2015 & 2016.  My original ‘history bit’ was pretty sparse (lazy me!) so I’m expanding on that this time around. The History Bit The Farne Islands are a group of islands off the coast of Northumberland, England. There are between 15 and 20 islands depending on the state of the tide. They are scattered about 1 1⁄2 to 4 3⁄4 miles from the mainland, divided into two groups, the Inner Group and the Outer Group. The main islands in…

Farne Islands July 2016 ~ part 3

Part 1  Part 2 Apart from Puffins, Arctic Terns breed during the summer on Inner Farne, they attack you if you get too near their chicks by dive bombing your head, so it’s best to wear a hat. They are pretty though, baby sitting (you can just see the chick underneath mum) I got a herd of shots the year before of gulls and cormorants, so didn’t do too many this time, (concentrating on the in-flight puffin shots!) Peek-a-boo I see no ships Duck pond The weather was lovely so some nice blue skies and sea and then time to…

Farne Islands July 2016~part 2

Part 1 HERE So once we got to Inner Farne, we first came to the Arctic Terns, and their bambino’s Feed me now Seymour! but then we moved on to puffins! Some in-flight shots were attempted.. was quite pleased with these as they really zip along and I have to admit a fair few frames had just the tail end at the edge of the shot! Not an easy job! incoming! in the naughty corner If I don’t turn around maybe she won’t see I’ve got a gob load of fish Playing Hide and seek maybe they’ve forgotten about me…

Fraggle Report~ Farne Islands July 2016 ~part 1

Sophie and I finally got our trip to the Farne Islands a couple of weeks after the Bamburgh expedition. We’d wanted to go back as when we went in 2015 Sophie had forgotten her telephoto lens, and neither of us was any good at getting flying birds in focus, so a re-visit was in order. Awaiting the boat our lunch was shared with a baby Starling, Mum on guard Lovely blue skies as we sailed out of the harbour but 15 mins out to sea and looking back to the shoreline, the clouds were gathering over Bamburgh Castle but never…

Day 196~366 (and puffins :) )

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…

The Farne Islands revisited.

previously on Farne Islands.. part1  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. As…

Farne Islands ~ part 2

  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…