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Puffin Photography Holiday in June on Skomer – one place available again

Normally, this does not happen, but we have had a place become re-available for our puffin photography holiday in June during which we spend three nights living on Skomer Island.

A serene portrait of one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer – typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

This trip is to be held over the dates of June 17 @ 8:00 am – June 20 @ 10:00 am, & is to be lead by myself, David Miles, & Sean Weekly; the trip encompasses seas filled with rafts of puffins, razorbills & guillemots coupled with looming offshore rocks contrasting with exposed headlands or sheltered inlets, which are home to the seal population & many other mammals.

Skomer Island is located approximately 3 miles from Martin’s Haven on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. Skomer Island itself is 750-acres of beautiful habitat for a variety of amazing wildlife experiences. The island has the largest colony of breeding seabirds in Southern Britain Beginning in early spring, thousands of colourful puffins crowd the island, popping their heads out from the entry to their burrows, they skim the visitors to the island as they pass overhead carrying sand eels or burrow materials.

Additionally, they are often to be seen socialising in huge groups on the sea. The puffins, the “clowns of the sea”, are endearing & utterly photogenic. You can expect them to come within feet of you & even to walk between your feet – they also have an uncanny attachment to walking right up to a camera lens, making for some amazing close-up shots. It should also be noted that the landscape of Skomer lends itself to wider-angle shots, incorporating the scenic backdrop & birds in the foreground, to show the subject in it’s environment.

Skomer is not only about the puffins, although they are without a doubt the stars of the show. The more sedate razorbills & guillemots watch visitors from the rugged cliffs that make up the island’s terrain. If we are lucky, we might observe Gannets diving into the sea. It is also worth noting that inland of the island there are colonies of short-eared owls, these beautiful birds of prey fly & hunt during the day on the island.

The puffin photography holiday cost is £499 for the 3 night stay, this includes hostel-like accommodation in the converted farm house, breakfast & dinner, photography tuition from myself & Sean on an as-needed basis.

As mentioned, it is unusual for us to have a place become available at this late stage – if you would like to book it, please drop us an email using our contact page.

Gannet Photography Holiday for 2015

A pair of Northern Gannets - Gannet Photography Holiday - Gannet Photography WorkshopNaturesLens & Drew Buckley have recently been planning some new events for 2015, to that end, we are happy to announce that we have put assembled the details for a Gannet Photography Holiday to Southern Ireland to photograph the Gannet colony of the Saltee Islands; leaving from Pembroke Dock, the group of clients & a guide will travel to Ireland & then check into accommodation near Kilmore Quay. The next three days are spent on the Saltee Islands, amongst the gannet colony. All transportation is included, as is comfortable accommodation, & of course there are the boat trips to & from the islands. Read more

Puffin photographed on Skomer Island during a NaturesLens Puffin Photography Holiday

Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

Following the success of our recent Skomer Residential Workshop that was held at the beginning of June, Drew Buckley & NaturesLens have been planning our followup events for 2015; to that end, NaturesLens are happy to announce an expanded Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday. The event in 2014 was two nights on the island but a number of people’s feedback suggested expanding it to three nights. This is something that we have been able to accommodate & as such, the event is better value than before. The cost for the trip is now £450, but this is for 3 nights on the island. As previously, the event includes accommodation, landing fees, breakfast & evening meals whilst on the island, plus all the photography opportunities that you could hope for, these encompass puffins, manx shearwater, rabbits, owls & much more. There are full details on the event page that we have just released. We are happy to announce that Drew Buckley will again be co-leading the Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday. Drew is local to the area & a font of knowledge on puffins & Skomer in general, plus, he has an easy going teaching style that fits perfectly with NaturesLens.

Puffin photographed on Skomer Island during a NaturesLens Puffin Photography Holiday

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One of the famous North Atlantic Puffins photographed on the sea just off Skomer Island during a NaturesLens Photographic Holiday to Skomer Island

Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

The NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday, to be lead in June 2018 by Sean Weekly & Tesni Ward,  encompasses seas filled with rafts of puffins, razorbills & guillemots coupled with looming offshore rocks contrasting with exposed headlands or sheltered inlets, which are home to the seal population and many other mammals. Our holiday expands on the success of the event of previous years by expanding from two nights on the island, to make that three. As before, we include evening meals, breakfasts, landing fees, plenty of laughter & the opportunity to photograph the island whilst no-one other than our party is on the island, including the amazing golden hour photography. Skomer Island is located approximately 3 miles from Martin’s Haven on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. The island, which is the location for our Puffins Photography holiday is reached by boat, with a journey time of approximately 15 minutes in duration. Skomer Island itself is 750-acres of beautiful habitat for a variety of amazing wildlife experiences. Read more

Bathed in golden light, this is one of the famous North Atlantic Puffins photographed on the sea just off Skomer Island during a NaturesLens Photographic Holiday to Skomer Island

Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

The NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday, to be lead in July 2017 by Sean Weekly & Kevin Morgans,  encompasses seas filled with rafts of puffins, razorbills & guillemots coupled with looming offshore rocks contrasting with exposed headlands or sheltered inlets, which are home to the seal population and many other mammals. Our holiday expands on the success of the event of previous years by expanding from two nights on the island, to make that three. As before, we include evening meals, breakfasts, landing fees, plenty of laughter & the opportunity to photograph the island whilst no-one other than our party is on the island, including the amazing golden hour photography. Skomer Island is located approximately 3 miles from Martin’s Haven on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. The island, which is the location for our Puffins Photography holiday is reached by boat, with a journey time of approximately 15 minutes in duration. Skomer Island itself is 750-acres of beautiful habitat for a variety of amazing wildlife experiences. Read more