Another year of photography, Part 1, Skomer Island

19th June 2013
Well where did that year go!!!!!!!!Time flies bye so fast.
So I have been so busy at work and with the terrible weather we have had this spring, getting out with the camera has been difficult.
Even at the end of last year and into the beginning of this, it seemed as though every weekend I did have spare or left free for photography it was either blowing a gale, grey and overcast, raining or all put together.

So I will start with June last year when after a few years of wanting to take a trip over to Skomer Island in South Wales was finally booked up and my car packed with Photography and camping gear, My good friend Tony and I were on our way.
Well it hammered down with rain for the whole journey until we got within about 20mins of our destination and Wooohooo, the sun popped out and the weather was glorious!
We arrived at the camp site and met up with Tonys friend and work colleague, Who was also called Tony.We quickly threw the tents up, grabbed our cameras and didn't waste any time exploring the Coastline.


I managed to get a couple of Images of some Linnets ...





The next morning I woke up, looked out of the tent door expecting to see the fantastic sea view but Thick mist Prevented any expectations of that.
We all gathered our gear and made our way down to cue up for purchasing a ticket from the small hut/gift shop, to board the small ferry, The Dale Princess, a fishing boat that will carry 50 passengers at a time. The Welsh Wildlife trust who look after Skomer,allows 250 people on the Island per day and gives you 6-7 hours to roam the various paths around it.
Anyway after the long wait cueing for the ticket and then for the boat we had the short 15 minute journey and arrived at the landing dock on Skomer.
Upon our arrival all were given a briefing by a wildlife trust warden about do's and don'ts and off we went to the most visited area on the Island called the Wick some 20 mins walk away. This area is a high cliff covered in Puffins allowing you to get within a couple of feet, or closer, of these special birds.





It was great to be so close to them and see them at such close quarters but the damn mist was still thick and making photographic opportunities very poor indeed.





We stayed for a bit and then walked back down the hill towards the dock area where we had first arrived, Luckily the sun soon burnt the mist off and was soon burning us too!!
Flight shots of the puffins coming back to their burrows was our aim but seriously hard work.. They are like bullets and trying to hand hold a 600mm lens for hours is not easy.I nailed a couple but not really what I wanted....





I did get some nice portrait shots too...








a bill full of sand eels...

A social chat...

The Razorbills were nesting there too and are really smart birds....



and one in the water...

and a puffin

While we were photographing the puffins a seal popped up right in front of us which was a lovely surprise...
The next day we returned again for another day trip and was hammering down with rain in the morning until we arrived on the Island and the sun came out again, what luck!!!! we spent the day having a go at the flight shots and similar stuff to the day before. I came away more than Happy and with memory cards full of Images.
The last afternoon We had been talking to one of the regular caravaners and his wife, a real nice friendly and helpful couple, he told us where to look for the choughs, a bird that looks like a rook but has a blood red beak, feet and legs. So off we set again to try and find them. I had only briefly seen one at distance in cornwall before but it wasn't long before we found a flock of 17 of them. They split up in and I had a go for four birds together. It was great to watch them feed, I could not believe just how many worms they were catching.

They soon flew off though. I did however find a young bird sitting right on the edge of the cliff, laying down and edging my way forwards I got very close to the juvenile cough and saw that it was playing with a lolly stick.....





It then allowed me to get even closer and I used my smaller lens to get some Images of it right on the cliff edge, A bit scary for me though!!

That evening we hung around for the sunset and what a beauty it was....





Thanks for visiting my site and hope you will return to read part two very soon.