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Showcasing some of Jayne’s Puffins of Skomer Island

An Atlantic Puffin comes in to land on Skomer Island mouth filled with sand eels photographed during the NaturesLens Skomers Puffins Photography Holiday

Jayne is becoming a bit of a veteran of NaturesLens photography holidays, that’s a compliment in case you were wondering! In June she joined the Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday for three days & nights staying on the island. We have it on good authority that as with her other ventures with us, the weather though challenging was not something to get in her way, so here we are pleased to showcase some of Jayne’s Puffins of Skomer Island

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Some thoughts on the Puffins of Skomer

A puffin seeks out a burrow amongst the Sea Campion photographed during the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

The enigmatic island of Skomer off the Pembrokeshire coastline comes alive in the summer. Recently I spent three nights on the island guiding a photographic holiday focused on the Puffins of Skomer for NaturesLens, with Richard Peters. I visit the island tens of times every year with my own business, but it’s always an exciting time to head over to this seabird paradise.

A puffin seeks out a burrow amongst the Sea Campion - photographed during the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

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Ian’s Memories of Skomer’s Puffins

Flying against the rain one of the Skomer puffins braves the weather photographed during the NaturesLens Skomers Puffins Photography Holiday

I count myself fortunate; I’ve been able to take photos from Alaska to South Georgia, India to the Masai Mara. What’s the relevance to Skomer? Well, Skomer, on our own doorstep, presents one of the more challenging environments to ‘get the shot’, the shot being that of Skomer’s Puffins.

A puffin lands at The WIck with a mouthful of sand eels - photographed during the NaturesLens Skomer's Puffins Photography Holiday

Put aside the “will I get there” conundrum – it’s only a 15 minute boat ride, but if the wind’s from the North & over 10 knots, “you ain’t going” (been there, done that), the climb once you get there (87 steps carrying everything you brought – teamwork to the rescue – you make friends quickly), & the basic living conditions (all very comfortable & clean, but ‘snug’ bedrooms, solar battery powered lighting, & the prospect of a cool shower (if you time it wrong!). The real challenge is your reason for being there – puffins. Continue reading

Puffins of Skomer Island

Puffin gathering nesting material photographed on Skomer Island during a NaturesLens Puffins Photography Holiday

Skomer Island is famous for the puffins that reside there over the summer. No matter how much time is spent, something new always beckons & calls us back time & again. Skomer is a magical place to visit, a haven for wildlife, but it is most well known for its puffins. Situated just off the coast of Pembrokeshire this island, with its sister island Skokholm, is surrounded by some of the richest waters for wildlife off the British Isles. The seas are full of fantastic wildlife, from delightfully coloured sea slugs to magnificent cetaceans. The island itself attracts a huge array of wildlife which shelters in its bays & inlets.

Puffin gathering nesting material photographed on Skomer Island during a NaturesLens Puffins Photography Holiday
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Autumn Welsh Birds of Prey Workshop

Female Buzzard on a kill. Photographed on the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey workshop

Our Welsh Birds of Prey workshop has now been moved to September to enable our guests to photograph the birds in stunning autumnal colours. Since this is the fourth year we have run this workshop, we decided it was time for a change to keep things fresh & interesting.

The location for this Welsh Birds of Prey workshop is a 500-acre working farm in mid Wales with stunning natural backgrounds, natural perches, derelict buildings, open fields & a fantastic quarry providing wonderful colours & textures for a variety of shots.

Little Owl looking over textured tree photographed during the Welsh Birds of Prey workshop run by NaturesLens

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Intensive Great Grey Owl Photography Workshop

Great Grey Owl in flight as photographed during the NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography workshop

We are pleased to announce an intensive Great Grey Owl photography workshop on the evening prior to our main September Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop, on 27th September 2015. It is our intention for this workshop to focus on an extended session with a beautiful Great Grey Owl, an owl which is always a favourite subject on our owl workshops. The emphasis will be on pushing the boundaries of what is possible with this stunning bird. The Great Grey Owl or Great Gray Owl is a very large owl, documented as the world’s largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. Great Grey Owl in flight as photographed during the NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography workshop Continue reading

Spring Welsh Owls Workshop

Great Grey Owl and Tawny Owl photographed during the Spring Welsh Owls workshop run by NaturesLens

The NaturesLens Spring Welsh Owls Workshop is timed to, hopefully, allow for the photography of the owls in bluebell woods. Accompanied by a dedicated falconer, this is a fantastic opportunity for photographers of all levels of ability to get up close & personal with some amazing & charismatic owls.

Long Eared Owl in bluebell wood photographed during the NaturesLens Spring Welsh Owls workshop

[su_promotional_box promo_link_text=”Book Now” promo_link=”https://natureslens.co.uk/event/welsh-owls-photography-workshop/” promo_content=”Reserve a place on the NaturesLens Spring Welsh Owls Photography Workshop, with a deposit of only £50, your balance will be due April 2015.”] There will be the usual mix of flying & static shots. As with all our workshops, NaturesLens tutors will be on hand to provide as much tuition as is required. We will endeavour to make use of the following species Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Barn Owl, Long Eared Owl & a brief session with the Short Eared Owl. At the end of the day we have allowed time for photography of the Great Grey Owl – for this magnificent bird, you will have the opportunity for both perched & in-flight shots. Continue reading

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