An Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) by pasttheirprime

An Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Paul No. 2 again - covering the teams vacant day.

I took a trip to Skomer Island last Saturday which is a small nature reserve just off the coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales. You can't pre-book and during the breeding season, May - July, queues start outside the ticket office at 6:30 AM! With a limited number of people allowed on the Island each day it's important to get in the queue early. So for me a 4 hour drive meant leaving home at 2:30 AM.

I was number 22 in queue so easily secured a ticket. I went back to my car and broke out the NATO issue Hexamine stove and made a cup of tea - the boat didn't leave until 10.

Skomer is a very important breeding area for Manx Shearwaters and Puffins, but there's so much more to see, from long eared owls and warblers to amazing carpets of wild flowers. I could go on about it some more but I've probably already said too much!

I had a nice 5 hours on the Island wandering around watching things coming and going and got some nice pictures (I think). Here's one of my favourites - a puffin coming in to land. Hope you like it.

P N 2
Wonderful, looks like you surprised him!
June 11th, 2016  
Lee
Wonderful shot, a great result for the effort you made. fav.
June 11th, 2016  
Never seen a Puffin in flight- So absolutely spectacular! This is Wahoo shot if there ever was one.
June 11th, 2016  
Just brilliant, I saw plenty in flight but too far away for a good shot, love this, fav
June 11th, 2016  
Fabulous capture. Fav!! 😃
June 11th, 2016  
Perfect timing. An amazing capture! I'm not much a lover of wildlife shots but this must be a fav!
June 11th, 2016  
Great action shot, beautiful focus!!!!!
June 11th, 2016  
Wonderful capture instant FAV!
June 11th, 2016  
what a fun photo
June 11th, 2016  
What a great shot, it is a fav. It is a great idea to have 7 people working on the project. I've enjoyed looking at all of the photos you folks have posted.
June 11th, 2016  
Wow what a fabulous capture!! I visited Skomer Island a few years ago and was blown away by the wonderful puffins just dropping down by my feet with mouths full of fish. It was such a breathtaking spectacle watching them flying in. I would love to go again!! Huge Fav!
June 11th, 2016  
OMG... this is awesome!! FAV.
June 11th, 2016  
Love how the wings are doing different things. Great shot.
June 11th, 2016  
Fabulous BIF shot - Fav
June 11th, 2016  
Fabulous, congrats, fav.
June 11th, 2016  
Incoming! Love this!!
June 11th, 2016  
Fantastic!
June 11th, 2016  
Amazing capture and fav:-)
June 11th, 2016  
Brilliant shot, well worth the early start!
June 11th, 2016  
Oh now I do love a puffin
June 11th, 2016  
Oh how wonderful fav
June 11th, 2016  
Worth getting up early for
June 11th, 2016  
Superb shot, I just love this little guy so much!!!
June 11th, 2016  
Outstanding shot and timing
June 11th, 2016  
Love this!
June 11th, 2016  
Do I like it? I'm so impressed and rather green with envy. A brilliant image so cleverly captured. Well worth the extremely early start. I've never seen a real puffin but it's something I'd love to do one day. A big fav.
June 11th, 2016  
Fab shot, great composition with the sea behind the bird and a bit of land still visible.
June 11th, 2016  
Brilliant capture :)
June 11th, 2016  
Love this image! Well caught
June 11th, 2016  
FAVtastic :)
June 12th, 2016  
Love it, what a fantastic capture, Over joyed.
June 12th, 2016  
fav-wish the island was closer to NZ so I could visit it!
June 12th, 2016  
Haha - looks a little wobbly! Brill and fav
June 12th, 2016  
Love it - it is hard to not like a puffin!
June 12th, 2016  
Such a great shot, looks like he's coming in to land after a night out on the beer! Brilliant u an t!
June 12th, 2016  
Ooops! Typo there! Such have just said brilliant!
June 12th, 2016  
Fantastic capture!
June 12th, 2016  
Fantastic!
June 12th, 2016  

Wonderful action capture Fav.
June 12th, 2016  
Super shot, now following.
June 12th, 2016  
Great capture
June 12th, 2016  
amazing! fav.
June 12th, 2016  
Lovely action capture. FAV
June 12th, 2016  
Sounds amazing. Must try and get there one day. Absolutely love this puffin shot.
June 12th, 2016  
What a wonderful shot. I love Skomer!
June 12th, 2016  
Fabulous! Fav
June 13th, 2016  
Ohhhhh...the timing of this shot , I can never manage these types of photos succesfully
June 13th, 2016  
Wonderful timing... so amazing. Also, kudos for the extremely early rise.
June 13th, 2016  
Fabulous! Great shot.
June 13th, 2016  
Absolutely incredible, enviable shot!!
June 13th, 2016  
This is just stunning. The pov, colours, everything. Fav.
June 14th, 2016  
Awesome shot-haven't been to Skomer for ages! Pembrokeshire is a fabulous area. Puffin coming into land with undercarriage coming down - fav it must be.
June 16th, 2016  
Thanks for the info.... fabulous shot of a Puffin...they are such cool birds. Fav
June 17th, 2016  
Nice! We have some on our Devon island
June 17th, 2016  
This just makes me laugh for the personality projected by your capture!
June 18th, 2016  
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