Visit to the Farne Islands, 17 May 2018

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Visit to the Farne Islands, 17 May 2018

  • Yesterday mrs bob and I paid a visit to the Farne Islands. It was the earliest we have been to the islands - previous visits were 30 May 2014 and 14 jun 2017 but it was such a glorious day and now we are much closer than an 800mile round trip.

    However, it was safe to say that there are plenty of birds there though i only saw Guillemot and Shag on eggs. The Arctic Terns were too busy courting and the males were bringing fish for the females so it wasn't necessary to wear a hat - which was a bit of a blessing considering the weather. It wa low tide so there were plenty of seals pulled out of the water on the rocks as we did the island tour. It was also pleasing to see lots of gannets go past in fairly large groups, just skimming above the water, you wonder if they are unknowingly making use of wing-in-ground effect.

    I have only include a representative sample of the birds we saw to spare the boredom. However, should anyone wish to view all 90 or so pictures please visit the  following link Flickr Album Farne Islands 17 May 2018

    While waiting for the boat there are always the Eider duck for entertainment.

    Almost as soon as we were at sea, we were passed by the first Gannet troop.

    Then we started circling the outer islands.

    Shag showing its crets

    Guillemot

    Razorbill

    Guillemot

    Grey Seal

    Kittiwake

    The largest troop of Gannet that we saw.

    Puffin

    Sandwich Tern

    Shag Portrait

    Shag striking a pose

    Arctic Tern

    Swallow gathering nesting material

    The Sandwich Tern colony - Arctic and Common Tern seem to nest anywhere and everywhere where as the Sandwich Terns always collect in the same area every year.

    Common Tern

    Arctic Tern with his lady's gift.

    Arctic Tern

    Fulmar

    Ringed Plover

    Turnstone

  • Lovely photos set Bob, I viewed all online as it's easier to view full page with the "next pic" facility.   You have certainly whetted our appetite for the Farne Isles and hope in another two weeks things will be hotting up even more.  

  • Certainly looks like a good trip and some lovely close-ups

  • Your flight shots do not disappoint Bob, but that portrait of the Shag is brilliant.   Thanks for the id on the different Terns.  Blue skies and fairly calm sea made a good visit.

  • gaynorsl

    Your flight shots do not disappoint Bob, but that portrait of the Shag is brilliant.   Thanks for the id on the different Terns.  Blue skies and fairly calm sea made a good visit.

    Blues skies made the sea look calmer than it was, there was a fairly big swell- apparently they couldn't land people on Staple Island yesterday, though its always a difficult enough island to land on anyway.

  • The Turnstone and Plover are particularly striking birds aren't they?

  • monkeycheese

    The Turnstone and Plover are particularly striking birds aren't they?

    Certainly are - I'm so used to seeing Turnstones in the winter when they are pretty enough but their summer finery is exceptiional - here's one I took a couple of weeks ago

  • Your photos bring back many happy memories, Bob.  The Turnstones are glorious in their summer finery.  And who can resist all the other birds of those islands?  Difficult to imagine anyone not loving Puffins for instance.  We've only been once to the Farnes but it was a fabulous visit.  The male Eiders constantly reminded us of Kenneth Williams  with their silly 'oooo-ooooh!' call and the female Eiders are adorable, each sitting on a nest of eggs, insulated by their own fluffy grey down.