Take-off..... by shepherdmanswife

Take-off.....

to catch some fish.
Spent yesterday on the Farne Islands to see the thousands of birds that live there during the breeding season. This is my favourite bird, the Puffin.

The Inner Farne has a religious history, from the year 678AD it was the home of St Cuthbert, he retired to the Inner Farne after 12 years of being Prior at Lindisfarne Priory on nearby Holy Island. He eventually died here in 687AD and there is still a church that was constructed in his memory in 1370AD. St Cuthbert is also said to be the first person to protect birds, even allowing Eider Ducks to nest on the steps of his alter! It is also home to 1,000's of nesting birds in summer including the stunning Puffin, Shags and four type of Tern. Breeding is at it's peak from May until the end of July but it is still worth visiting the Inner Farne outside of the breeding times. Other buildings of interest include St Cuthbert's Chapel and the medieval Pele Tower that is now home to National Trust staff who man and look after the Island and its wildlife for nine months of the year. Please note there are public toilets available on Inner Farne, but there are no public toilets on any of the other islands.

Staple Island is a Bird Sanctuary and can be visited in the breeding season between the beginning of May and the end of July. The Islands is exposed and rocky, which makes it not ideal for visitors with limited mobility, but perfect for nesting birds including the Guillemot, Kittewake and Razorbill. This is probably the best of all the islands to visit if your primary reason for the trip is ornithology.
You are somewhere in the world that can photograph puffins! Only seen this on National Geographic! Fascinating info! fav
May 22nd, 2015  
Omg, puffins are the coolest. Nice catch!
May 22nd, 2015  
Yes very lucky to be able to see these birds.. Like @maggiemae only get to see them in National Geographic Mags..
May 22nd, 2015  
Wow, great capture!!
May 22nd, 2015  
Such a gorgeous image, I love these birds and would love to see one in the wild. Not too common in Worcestershire though! Fav
May 22nd, 2015  
A beautiful capture of this quaint little bird, I love the orange beak and feet :)
May 22nd, 2015  
Wonderful capture and great detail :) fav
May 22nd, 2015  
Really awesome capture. Very envious.
May 22nd, 2015  
Stunning capture and great history :) Fav
May 22nd, 2015  
terrific action shot!
May 22nd, 2015  
Fabulous shot, I love photographing these birds, hope to see some later this year.
Fav
May 22nd, 2015  
fabulous shot Chantal...
May 22nd, 2015  
Big Fav. This is stunning Chantal
May 22nd, 2015  
This is a great capture and a wow
May 22nd, 2015  
LOVE puffins, and this is a great shot. Fav
May 22nd, 2015  
Had to see if @vignouse had responded - he loves puffins and wants one for his project. He will be so jealous, Chantal.
May 22nd, 2015  
Great shot of the puffin. Fav.
May 22nd, 2015  
Instant Fav....
May 22nd, 2015  
awesome shot
May 22nd, 2015  
Lovely little fellow
May 22nd, 2015  
And here I was thinking that the Puffin was extinct!!!
May 22nd, 2015  
Favulous!
May 22nd, 2015  
So jealous, I would love to go there. This is a remarkable shot, you must google lisa cockrell. She used to do 365 and now concentrates on her exhibitions. Google her, she went to the Farne islands and has some lovely puffin pics. Fav
May 22nd, 2015  
So cool!
May 22nd, 2015  
Right place, right time. This is amazing. Love this. FAV
May 22nd, 2015  
@joansmor @shepherdsmanswife No I hadn't seen this yet - Joan is right, I think the Puffin is a fascinating bird... but I have never seen one for real. I'm hoping to do that this year, if I can find the time to make a trip to find some. In the meantime I shall enjoy this and give it a Fav.
May 22nd, 2015  
well timed
May 22nd, 2015  
One of my favourite birds, I would love to see one in real life & this is a gorgeous shot.....fav :)
May 22nd, 2015  
Absolutely gorgeous BIF shot! Amazing focus, colors and details. FAV
May 22nd, 2015  
Fabulous action shot.
May 22nd, 2015  
Super timing, capture, great feather details
May 22nd, 2015  
Love the bird, beautifully captured! FAV
May 22nd, 2015  
What a lovely bird, his colors and feathers are fantastic! Beautifully captured BIF. I love his bright beak and toes.
May 22nd, 2015  
Amazing capture.
May 22nd, 2015  
fav
May 22nd, 2015  
Beautiful captured!
May 22nd, 2015  
Well caught! Love this fav
May 22nd, 2015  
One of my favourite birds, instant FAV for a wonderful action captures.
May 22nd, 2015  
Fantastic
May 22nd, 2015  
I don't think I've seen a puffin flying before. Great capture.
May 22nd, 2015  
Great capture, beautiful bird.
May 22nd, 2015  
Oh I love these littel birds. First saw them in Ireland. Fabulous!!
May 22nd, 2015  
I did see some puffins when I was in Alaska but only from quite far away and while on a rolling boat, so no good pictures. Great that you got a such a good shot, and while it was on the wing, too.
May 22nd, 2015  
great timing, i like the feather tips
May 22nd, 2015  
Great capture Chantal
May 22nd, 2015  
Super capture
May 22nd, 2015  
Fantastic picture and history. You make me want to visit.

Congratulations on making the Trending Page. Well deserved.
May 22nd, 2015  
Wonderful capture, such cute birds. Fav!! 😃
May 22nd, 2015  
Fabulous
May 22nd, 2015  
Fabulous shot! fav
May 22nd, 2015  
Great times shot
May 22nd, 2015  
I would love to go there and take pics like this =- Fav
May 22nd, 2015  
Lovely action shot...fav.
May 22nd, 2015  
Amazing timing! Love this shot!
May 22nd, 2015  
wonderful shot...
May 22nd, 2015  
LOVE this!! And congrats on TT this week.
May 22nd, 2015  
Awesome capture. Fav!
May 22nd, 2015  
Oh my goodness! You've done it again! FAv.
May 22nd, 2015  
Superb!!
May 22nd, 2015  
Great shot
May 23rd, 2015  
Totally amazing! FAV!
May 23rd, 2015  
Awesome capture!
May 23rd, 2015  
I like puffins too
great catch
what a great place to visit
May 23rd, 2015  
Love it!
May 23rd, 2015  
Such an awkward looking bird, but very cute. He almost looks too heavy to fly.
May 23rd, 2015  
Puffins! :) Wonderful to see them. What a fascinating place to visit. Lovely shot with perfect details in this bird's face and beak.
May 23rd, 2015  
Wonderful puffin shot!
May 23rd, 2015  
Wonderful capture!
May 23rd, 2015  
Awesome capture
May 23rd, 2015  
Wonderful focus on this striking puffin, great flight capture Chantal, fav! Very interesting info too.
May 24th, 2015  
Fabulous capture of such a funny bird.
May 24th, 2015  
Excellent shot Chantal.
May 24th, 2015  
Awesome shot.
May 25th, 2015  
I love the Farne Islands - got dive bombed by an Arctic Tern there once! This is a very accomplished shot of a Puffin in flight. Fav!
May 26th, 2015  
Excellent timing! :)
May 26th, 2015  
Thank you for all the wonderful information.....I learn something new on 365 every day!! What a wonderful trip this must have been with all those birds during breeding season! When I looked up the Farne islands I also noticed some beautiful photos of red and white striped lighthouses. Did you happen to see any of those and photograph them?
May 28th, 2015  
Congrats on TT with this outstanding image!
May 29th, 2015  
I LOVED this shot so am so happy to see it on TT!
May 30th, 2015  
Congrats on TT..super shot as always!
May 30th, 2015  
What timing!
June 1st, 2015  
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