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It's hard to believe that 3 years have passed since my last visit to the Farne Islands. That memorable visit was organised as a Get Together by @Safari Cal and gave me the chance to meet up with safaritalkers @JohnR, @kittykat23uk, @BigBaldIan and @africapurohit. Farne Islands 2014 - TR The company was great but the weather wasn't kind to us on that occasion and the grey, wet and windy conditions were not ideal for photography. I was hooked though and promised myself that I would go back again as soon as the opportunity presented itself. The visit to the UK of @Bugs and his wife Jenny seemed like just the incentive I needed to plan another visit. When we arrived in Seahouses the omens were not good. There had just been 3 days of storm force winds and rain and the campsite was littered with leaves and small branches torn from the trees by the wind. I checked with the Billy Shiels office and they told me that they had not been able to go out at all for the past 3 days due to high winds and choppy seas making it too hard for them to let people ashore at the islands. Tomorrow was looking much better though. We crossed fingers and toes. Sure enough as the day wore on the wind dropped and the clouds cleared, leaving us with a lovely evening to walk along the cliffs to Dunstanburgh Castle. A huge improvement on how it had looked at 8 o'clock that morning The morning brought blue skies. Not the same deep blue of an African sky but a much paler British version of a blue sky; very welcome nonetheless. The quayside was heaving as we picked up our tickets; packed with people who had been unable to make the trip on previous days. The weather was typically British; alternating between clear sky and clouds, with even a short rain shower, but it was good enough. Unlike my previous visit we were able to go ashore at both Staple Island and Inner Farne. As we approached Staple Island we could already see puffins in the water, which was god as it meant they were out there collecting sand eels. For anyone who has not seen it before, the sheer volume of sea birds congregating on the islands is incredible. Guillemots and kittiwakes cover the cliffs And when we went ashore, the puffins were right there to meet us.
Safari Cal posted a topic in UK birdsHi all, I was planning my trips out to the Farne Islands for next year and wondered if any other ST'ers might like to have a mini, or maxi, ST GTG in Northumberland. The Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast are a world class breeding ground for tens of thousands of seabirds. There are so many opportunities to study the behaviour of the birds and to get close to them for those killer photographs you see in all the magazines. More details are available by clicking on these links: http://www.farne-islands.com http://thefarneislands.blogspot.co.uk I don't mind pulling all the arrangements together and booking boats and accommodation in Seahouses Village if anyone is interested? Sir David Attenborough was once asked..... "Where in the UK offers the best opportunity to capture magnificent nature?" His answer was... "The Farne Islands during the breeding season in spring would be my favourite"
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