So far my Farne Island blogs have covered grey seals, puffins and razorbills but there are also shags, kittiwakes, guillemots, arctic and sandwich terns there. Below you can see examples of these other species plus the view from the boat as we leave Inner Farne.
We love razorbills. They are the closest living relative of the now extinct Great Auk and the only surviving member of the alca genus which had a much greater diversity three million years ago. They also choose one mate for life (see featured image). On Inner Farne we were able to get closer to razorbills than I think we have ever been before.
We went to the Farne Islands to see a variety of birds but, the main reason most people go there… is for the puffins. Clownish little auks that waddle around and work incredibly hard to fish and then fight off the gulls to deliver food to their young.
The captioned pictures will hopefully give you a flavour of one puffin’s fishing trip…
We had a great couple of days at the RSPB reserve at Ham Wall. Saw a Bittern in flight on both days but not able to get a decent picture of either. We also saw several Garden Warblers and eventually I got some reasonable shots.
First day in Pembrokeshire and we spent all morning and all afternoon walking along coastal paths enjoying the scenery and hoping that we would see a chough. We did not see one. Next morning we did the same thing – walking along clifftops, grassy banks, rock formations etc. – nothing. After lunch we went to the beach at Marloes Sands. We walked for a good two hours and, just as we were about to leave the beach, what did we see high up on the grassy bank between the rocky crags?….a pair of choughs. A bit of a distance away but a lot better than not seeing one at all.
People used to go to London to see the Queen or St Pauls, Big Ben or the Tower of London but, these days people go to see the Shard & the Gherkin or the London Eye …..or even the parakeets. Yes, the parakeets!
We were in Kensington Gardens and, while we knew all about the Ring-necked parakeets that populate many of London’s parks, we were astounded at how many overseas tourists visit to see them.