Why a Wonder - Each year thousands of seabirds such as Atlantic Puffins, Common Murres (Guillemots), Razorbills, Shags, Arctic Terns, Sandwich Terns, and more, come to these islands to nest.
Where - Farne Islands National Trust - off the Northumberland, England coast.
When - Nesting is in June - July. The birds leave for the northern seas after nesting.
Photography - There are boats that take you out to the islands from the harbor at Seahouses, England. You can photograph from the boats as they tour the Farne Islands. If the weather is good enough and you are on the correct boat you can land on Staple Island and/or Inner Farne. From the boats, you need a long lens and a steady hand. Tripods do not work well on a rocking boat! Stand with a wide stance and roll your body with the motion of the boat. On the islands, I used my 200-500 lens hand-held but sometimes the birds were too close! Pick a spot that gives you a chance to catch the birds flying by with fish. Most important, watch the behaviors and then decide what you want to capture and then shoot!
More Info: Check out the info from National Trust https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/farne-islands There are a number of boat companies that go out to the islands. Google Seahouses, England for a listing of those companies.
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Atlantic Puffin taking off. Image made while standing on the deck of the boat.
Atlantic Puffin with a mouthful of Sand Eels, their favorite food for feeding chicks.
Common Murres (Guillemots) nesting on one of the Farne Islands.
Puffin adult and chick at their burrow. One of the hundreds of burrows on Inner Farne.
Razorbill and chick on Inner Farne.
The lighthouse on Inner Farne, which is the largest of the Farne Islands and one of the landing sites.
Kittiwake and chick nesting on Staple Island.