Puffins with the Canon 400mm.

Discussion in 'Animals and Wildlife' started by Glen Roberts, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Glen Roberts

    Glen Roberts Well-Known Member

    Here's a couple of Puffin shots from my trip to Skomer while on holiday in Wales.

    Taken with the Canon 400mm 5.6L on my 450D & Handheld.
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  2. Pete Askew

    Pete Askew Admin

  3. Darren Turner

    Darren Turner XProPhotographer

    AWESOME.....now these are much nicer shots than your close up's for my liking........the top one especially...........awesome awesome awesome...........lol

    I think no 2 i my favourite of the set so far glen....are they fighting or is this a mating ritual........lol

    Can you give us some indication of conditions on exploring the island and getting to and from the landing points either side.

    Cheers

    Daz
     
  4. Glen Roberts

    Glen Roberts Well-Known Member

    I saw others landing next to each other and they didn't seen bothered about them encroaching on their territory. So I'm not 100% sure but they could have been greeting each other:confused:.
    Soon afterwards they did a bit of bill fencing:).

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    The island is a nature reserve and you must stick to the paths because a lot of the birds nest on the ground in holes like the Puffins and Manx Shearwaters. The steps and path from the landing point on the island is pretty steep but once at the top its fairly flat but a couple of the paths are close to the edge of high cliffs. Also there are no trees for shelter on the island so if it starts raining you will get wet so the right clothes for the weather are vital;).

    There is only one place to get a boat that lands on the island and that is at Martins Haven right on the south west tip of Pembrokshire (I don't know how to post one of them Google map things:eek:).
    The car park at the top is owned by the National Trust so members can park free otherwise it is £4 for the day. At the bottom of the bank you buy a landing ticket to get you onto the Island which costs £8 and when you get on the boat which costs another £10 boat fair, but if you like birds as I do it's worth it and there's not many places you can photograph wild birds with a Macro lens.
    One thing I will say for anyone thinking of going... go EARLY!!!
    When we went the first boat was at 9:30 and the warden said when she arrived at 7:30 there was 53 people waiting already!!!
    They only allow 250 people on the island each day so once all the days tickets are gone that's it. We got there at 8:55 and had to wait for the last boat on at 11:30 :(
     
  5. Darren Turner

    Darren Turner XProPhotographer

    OMFG that's mental waiting times.......lol cheers taking the time to give us an insight mate.

    Daz
     
  6. Alastair Cummins

    Alastair Cummins New Member

    Stunning shots, love them :D
     
  7. Bryan Hunt

    Bryan Hunt Member

    Cracking images Glenn the bill fencing one is my fav
     
  8. Chris Dodkin

    Chris Dodkin West Coast Correspondent

    Wow, some stunning shots there Glen - real competition winners IMHO

    400 looking nice and sharp too :)
     
  9. Hamish Gill

    Hamish Gill Well-Known Member

    Great shots, really nice ... I'm with Darren, capturing them in their environments is much more effective somehow!
     
  10. Paul Lange

    Paul Lange Moderator

    Thats a hell of a lens you have there and the exposure seems fairly bang on to me. Black or white feathers can be hard to get correct exposures on but when you have black and white birds....... The puffins have a very placid look on their faces so it's hard to know if they were fighting or dancing!
     

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