Farne Islands (4) – other species

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.

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Shag (Phahacrocorax aristotelis) and Guillemot (Uria aalge)
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Colony of Sandwich Terns (Sterna sandvicensis)
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Colony of Guillemots
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Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), Razorbill ( Alca torda) and Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
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Arctic Tern(Sterna paradisaea)
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Inner Farne
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Farne Islands (2) – A Puffin Tale

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…

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Taking a relaxing stroll through the fields before a challenging flight
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Final check of tail flight feathers
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Shall I fly north, or south, or east, or west?
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Final check on the sea conditions
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Back on dry land after a successful mission.  Showing off the catch to my mates before heading to my chicks in the burrow.

Puffins on Fair Isle

We stayed at the Bird Observatory on Fair Isle some years ago and asked the warden if there was a good place to see puffins.  He gave us directions and said, “If you go late afternoon and then sit still and wait you will be amazed how close they will come”.  We were absolutely amazed.

I just wish I’d owned a better camera back then!