The NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday, to be lead in June 2017 by David Miles & Sean Weekly, 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. Skomer 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 “clowns of the sea” are endearing and utterly photogenic. You can expect them to come within feet of you and 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 and 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.
During the evening, Skomer becomes home to what is believed to be the largest population in the world of manx shearwaters (estimated to be in excess of quarter of a million birds). The island becomes alive with their calls as they return to their burrows. The very reason for the NaturesLens Puffin Photo holiday including an overnight element is to include the ability to photograph the manx shearwaters in or approaching their burrows. Obviously, staying overnight also guarantees the ability on this nature photography holiday to photograph birds at sunset or at sunrise. Additionally the island is home to a large population of wild rabbits that scamper freely amongst the acres of wildflowers.
All photos are representative of the opportunities available should you join us on this holiday.
Skomer Puffins Photography holiday Availability
THESE DATES ARE PROVISIONAL & SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY SKOMER AUTHORITIES
Maximum 14 photographers
Itinerary is subject to change and is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens tours require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient tour places are not sold the tour will not be run, this tour has a minimum participant level of 14 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed and photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal and not available.
Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.
NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.
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The past event itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional. NaturesLens past events require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the past event may not go ahead. This past event has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s). In the event that the minimum number for a past event to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given past event. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers. Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any past event. Payment of deposit by past event participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein. All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions. Travel Insurance Requirements
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical & personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the photography holiday. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation & curtailment & baggage cover. We have made use of the services of Campbell Irvine Insurance in the past, Campbell Irvine has policies which are specially designed for adventure holidays & are underwritten by AXA Insurance. As an alternative, check your standard travel insurance, many bank accounts include suitable insurance as part of a packaged deal. Personal Travel Insurance can be arranged directly at Campbell Irvine. For photographic insurance, we highly recommend the services of Glover & Howe. We have made use of their policies for a number of years now, adjustments, policy maintenance & claims are handled in an easy & professional manner by them.
Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday Summary
The Skomer Puffins past event costs £499per participant & takes place in Skomer Island in the United Kingdom, between the dates of 17th - 20th June 2017. It is ideal for photographing & more. This past event is led by Sean Weekly for NaturesLens. Group size for this past event is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 5, plus Sean. We consider this to be an event of Easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The past event starts & ends at Martin's Haven. .
Deposit required to secure a place: £100 payable upon making a booking.
Final balance payment due: March 17th, 2017*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
Bookings close: March 17th, 2017.
No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
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