Farne and Staple Islands

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been out and about with friends, with the latest trip a week after the one to Skomer, up to Northumberland and the Farne Islands.

It’s been somewhere I’ve wanted to go for a long time, but somehow never got around to. This time the trip was organised by a friend at my camera club, and 8 of us decided that it would be a good idea to set off, in what amounted to the middle of the night.

We left on a mini bus at 4.30am (which meant me leaving the house at 3.30am), and arrived at Seahouses just after 8am, in time for a 9am boat.  The weather had not been looking too promising but we decided we would go, and plan B would be to visit some other attractions if necessary.

The boat left on time, and our first views of Staple Island were of the seals who colonise the area, and the guillemots.

It was the puffins we went to see though, and there were thousands of them

They were completely under your feet the whole time, with no fear of humans with cameras.

Getting them in flight was a challenge – they are so fast, and work like little clockwork birds – panning became an extreme sport – but the results were worthwhile.

By the afternoon – once again the weather was closing in, and we were unable to land on Inner Farne – so reluctantly we headed off back to the mainland.  We used Billy Sheil’s boats   http://www.farne-islands.com/ who come highly recommended.  Do use them if you get the chance.