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Farne Islands – Puffins Wildlife Photography Workshop

July 2, 2014

- £100

Photograph Puffins on the Farne Islands

Whilst this event has passed, there is a puffins event for 2015 already available, you can secure a place on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday with a deposit of only £150, your balance will be due May 2015.

The Farne Islands off the North Northumberland coastline are a magnificent wildlife paradise & major sanctuaries for over 20 species of breeding seabirds. The breeding season is an amazing spectacle to behold with busy puffins, guillemots, razorbills, shags, kittiwakes, eider ducks, 4 species of tern & countless other seabirds covering the islands & the seas around.

Puffins on the Farne Islands photographed on a wildlife photography workshop

Puffins Wildlife Photography Workshop Details

NaturesLens invite you to join them on their wildlife photography workshop to photograph puffins on the Farne Islands. This will be a full day out on & around both the Farne Islands & Staple Island. As well as touring around the islands, getting very close to the cliff face nests we give you the maximum amount we can on each island – at least 2 hours on Staple Island & more on Inner Farne – more than you get with the usual trips.

There is something for every nature-loving photographer here regardless of level of ability. Group sizes are strictly limited to ensure everyone gets a great position & allow individual tuition whenever needed. NaturesLens will be on hand at all times to give you expert help to get some fantastic photographs of the abundant wildlife.

The wildlife photography workshop will begin at 10am with a short safety briefing & code of conduct re wildlife. The emphasis is to get you out amongst the wildlife to spend as much time photographing as possible, therefore en route to the islands we’ll spend time giving you some group & individual tuition so you can get the best out of the day. Upon arrival on the islands, we’ll let you get on with photographing the spectacle.

Our first port of call is Staple Island. It is famed for its vast seabird colonies, especially those of the Auk family such as Guillemots, Razorbills & Puffins. The Island is an ornithologist’s & a bird photographer’s dream. For anybody who wants to get close to these birds, it’s an experience you’ll not forget. You will be able to get within inches of birds that are normally only seen from afar. The photograph at the top of most people’s wanted list is the immaculate puffin. Here, with a bit of patience you will take their photos with beaks full of sand eels. A wonderful sight. The colours of the Shag at close quarters are quite amazing. Access to Staple Island is less easy than Inner Farne, so if the sea state doesn’t allow landing, we’ll spend more time either on the sea looking round the cliffs, or on Inner Farne.

Our second port of call is Inner Farne.  At 16 acres, this is the largest of the Farne Islands. In the Summer months it becomes home to many thousands of nesting seabirds including Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Sandwich Terns, Common Terns, Roseate Terns, Arctic Terns, Shags, Cormorants & Eider Ducks. The Arctic Terns in particular offer the opportunity for fantastic flying shots.

There is a walkway round this island, & the National Trust have an Information Centre & public toilets. Please note, the National Trust levy a landing fee, currently £6.40 per island per person. Children cost £3.20 per island & families £16. If you are a National Trust member this is free.

Please note that this wildlife photography workshop is a day trip only to photograph puffin on the Farne Islands. If you would like to spend the day photographing puffin followed by an evening cruise to photograph jumplings (guillemot chicks), please see our Farne Islands – Day & Evening Workshop.

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