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Some pictures of Guillemots from Staple Island. These amazing ‘cities’ of birds crowded on the cliff tops.

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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)

Inner Farne Lighthouse

Inner Farne Lighthouse

The Farne islands lie off of the Northumbrian coast. Once the home to monks and hermits, it is now a nature reserve and managed by National Trust.

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Sue and I took a boat trip around the islands and got great views of the seabirds nesting on the cliffs and the Seals basking on the rocks.

Atlantis Puffins

Atlantis Puffins

Grey Seal

Grey Seal

Eurasian Shag

Eurasian Shag

Guillemots nesting on Cliff Top

Guillemots nesting on Cliff Top

Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)
European Shag [sp] (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Eurasian Curlew [sp] (Numenius arquata)
Common Redshank [sp] (Tringa totanus)
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Sandwich Tern (Thalasseus sandvicensis)
Common Tern [sp] (Sterna hirundo)
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
Guillemot [sp] (Uria aalge)
Razorbill [sp] (Alca torda)
Atlantic Puffin [sp] (Fratercula arctica)
Barn Swallow [sp] (Hirundo rustica)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)