An offshore island so remote it feels like you are entering a community far removed from the rest of the world, Fair Isle is owned by the National Trust for Scotland, a jewel protected by soaring craggy cliffs, one moment bathed in sunshine the next topped by a crown of brooding fog.
Dramatic & untouched, our Shetland’s Puffins of Fair-Isle wildlife photography trip sets the scene for images so atmospheric; they are nothing short of mesmerising.
With just 70 islanders inhabiting Fair-Isle, the world famous bird population far outnumbers the island’s human caretakers. An internationally renowned bird observatory, Fair Isle’s tiny status – just 3 km wide & barely 5 km long – gives little hint to the world class seabird colony & migration research that goes on here.
Once home to Viking warlords, there is now no better place to experience Puffins up close than Fair Isle. In winter the hilly terrain is covered in snow & ice, in spring & summer blanketed in flowers. The puffins adapt accordingly, nesting in burrows & squeezing into crevices in the cliffs. The colony is naturally most active in early morning, virtually guaranteeing optimal lighting for nature photography.
Guided by a member of the NaturesLens guiding team, the NaturesLens Shetland’s Puffins of Fair-Isle photography trip offers an opportunity to add the distinctive brightly coloured bill & puffy cheeks of the Puffin to your photography portfolio.
The stated trip cost includes accommodation on Fair Isle on a full board basis, flight from Sumburgh to Fair Isle & ferry back from the island to Sumburgh. The itinerary is flexible in between the puffin sessions to allow you to photograph other species of birds such as Skua or go off on your own to explore the rest of the island.
Maximum 6 clients – Spaces available
We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings as it can get quite cold. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.
- Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
- Clothing should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
- Sensible walking shoes.
- Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
- Digital camera body.
- Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
- Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focussing.
- An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
- Tripod or monopod.
- Spare memory cards.
- Spare battery.
- Battery charger.
- Lens cleaning cloth.
- Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.
The residential workshop itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens residential workshops require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient residential workshop places are not sold the residential workshop may not be run, this residential workshop has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).