How are you today? Hey I am going to tell you about Puffins. Do you like them? It was my first encounter with them yesterday and guess what I fell in love with them. They are so fascinating, I adore and admire their passion, dedication and patience.
Will tell you what, as I don't have a decent lenz attached to my simple base camera, I was not able to reproduce a fab moment of their life. But as they quote says because it is a passion I am sharing this with you.
I am not so sure about the type of this Puffins. I think they are Atlantic Puffins. There is two more species, the Tufted Puffin and Horned Puffins. But they are in North pacific ocean.
This one is from Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire cost, a tiny 2 K.M Island, which will allow only 250 people a day to the Island. (That is what I gathered from the 5 minute intro speech given by one of the guides there). There is every day boat trip to that island starts at 10.00 am depending on the weather. So it is always good to check their website before you go, if you are planning a journey.
It is always good to catch the first boat to the Island, but don't aim for 10.00 am. As you can imagine many other fellow photographers (most of them with their 500ml lnz and full frame body are already in the site for the first boat. So make sure you arrive at-least by 8.30. Those two hours you can wander in the amazing hills and meadows, it is a worth, so there wont be any disappointments.
Hey make sure you have enough food and water with you. And use the toilet in the mainland if you board to the Island. :)
Alright, once you are on the Island, make sure you stick to the footpaths. There is a 30-40 minutes walk to the rocky side of the Island where you can spot the puffins, so don't feel bad as you can't see many puffins closer to you. ( I did).
Alright there we are. Closer to our puffins, aiming for some action shots? Well here is a clue, puffins wave their wings 400 times per minute, so you know the shutter speed required for your camera isn't it? I suggest it is worth borrowing a fast lenz for the occasion as it is worth doing.
All puffins are black or black and white one with large yellow beaks, so on a sunny day make sure you have control over your white balance. But if you are just visiting the place, enjoy the feeding routines.