It is a bit of a gamble - the Farnes isnt too bad if you book accommodation you can cancel which we have done this year. Skomer is the bigger gamble to be fair. Bempton they can be much further away but then I havent been in June/July timeFantastic shot! They do look very chatty!
i still really want to do a puffin trip but am too nervous/aware of the fragility of the weather vs boat trips for the ones on islands, which would mean accomdation before and after would be messed up and potential an expensive waste of time. Bempton is one you can just visit right? Im thinking this might be a safer bet than the gamble of the boat trip/going to an island etc - even if thats better, its less of a financial risk (as it could end up costing more than a week's holiday and would be my only trip of the year!)
Thank you Roger- It's a hit an miss affair at Bempton, I guess I dropped on lucky with the weatherNice shot Les - haven't seen a Puffin here at Bempton since I arrived on Tuesday, mind you yesterday was thick sea mist.
Not been so bad today, dull for the most part and regular showers but at least it is possible to see the birds ... still not seen a Puffin!
The Farne Islands are great for Puffins, so many you are spoilt for choice but as you say no good if there are no boat trips.
It's true, problem is it's a relatively small active breeding site where a foot in the wrong place can ruin an egg.I found the Farne's to be a little too commercial - people herded around like sheep and blue rope everywhere restricting locations
much prefer Skomer or indeed Bempton
The idea of the tours I was looking at was being able to stay on the island so being able to shoot in hours outside of the day trip visitors. i think you can stay yourself but as the accommodation is so limited, its hard to get a spot (i have been led to believe). I was actually looking at a spot in East Iceland that I wasn't familiar with, but having priced up getting over there from RVK (and not driving for dangerous amounts of time and making somewhat of a trip out of it) because its high season the price is crazy (i've been out of season on almost all of my visits to Iceland) so i had to nip that idea in the bud for the moment - as i was preferring that to staying in the UK.At Skomer I wouldn't worry about an (expensive) photo tour, read up on settings before you go and just head for The Wick when you're on the island. The puffins are literally everywhere, you're completely surrounded so you can practice constantly for around 4 hours.
I've never photographed a bird in flight in my life until last Thursday on Skomer!