Naturelog: Farne Islands (2)

Posted: July 29, 2016 in Birds, Natural History, Northumberland, UK
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Staple Island

Staple Island

My second trip to the Farne Islands was to spend a short time on Staple Island to see the seabird colonies nesting on the cliffs. I had never visited this island on previous trips, so this was a new experience. The most numerous were Guillemots but also nesting were Shags, Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Fulmer.

Kittiwake with young

Kittiwake with young

Guillemots

Guillemots

Eurasian Shag with young

Eurasian Shag with young

Razorbills

Razorbills

But undoubtedly the highlight of the trip was the opportunity to photograph Puffins at close range as they popped in and out of their nesting holes.

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin

Wonderful experience as I have only ever seen one or two birds at a time even when visiting Inner Farne.

Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
European Shag [sp] (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Eurasian Curlew [sp] (Numenius arquata)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Guillemot [sp] (Uria aalge)
Razorbill [sp] (Alca torda)
Atlantic Puffin [sp] (Fratercula arctica)

Comments
  1. Excellent post and terrific photographs!

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