3 days in Northumberland - Puffins part 2

Having photographed Puffins in dull light on my first two days I was delighted at the propsect of some better light on my third day. Of course this presented challenges in its own right. Bright light and black and white birds makes for tricky exposures. However there was potential for photos with a little bit more spark.

You don't have to go far on Staple Island for a great spot to photograph Puffins. When you land on the island you go up a set of steps and, after paying your landing fee or showing your Nationall Trust membership card, you carry straight on and to the right to the main part of the island. However, there is an area to the left at the top of the steps where Puffins congregate in large numbers. I went straight to this area and was pleased to find a number of Puffins. There was one particularly confiding bird with a large sand eel in its mouth.

 

Puffin with Sand Eel

 

Puffin with Sand Eel

 

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Later in the day, on Inner Farne, I tried my hand at photographing Puffins in flight! This is harder than it looks as Puffins fly quite quickly, and certainly quicker than the Sandwich Terns that were my primary target.

 

Puffin in Flight

 

Puffin in Flight

 

Puffin in Flight

 

 

Puffin in Flight

 

Puffin in Flight

 

 

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