Stuart has kindly sent in a selection of images captured on Shetland when they undertook the Puffins of Fair Isle Photography Holiday led by Kevin Morgans.
Fair Isle is the most remote inhabited island in the United Kingdom. It is administratively part of the parish of Dunrossness, Shetland, & is roughly equidistant from Sumburgh Head some 24 miles to the northeast on the Mainland of Shetland & North Ronaldsay, Orkney, some 27 miles to the southwest. Fair Isle is 3 miles long & 1.5 miles wide. It has an area of 3 sq miles, making it the tenth largest of the Shetland Islands.
Fair Isle has a permanent bird observatory, founded by George Waterston in 1948. Because of its importance as a bird migration watchpoint, it provides virtually all of the accommodation on the island.
The light, that is the reason for our photography holidays to both Fair Isle & Skomer which enables the capture of images like this
It is also the perfect place for capturing the ‘classic puffin image', that with a bill that could literally hold no more sand eels, as demonstrated here, by one of the Fair Isle Atlantic Puffins as it return to it's burrow.
And one cannot pass up the opportunity for golden light, staying on the island allows for photography at all times of day, whether that be early in the morning or late in the evening, bathed in golden light at the end of the day, one of Fair Isle's Atlantic Puffins emerges from it's burrow.
Here are more of the images that Stuart managed to capture whilst on Fair Isle