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Farne Islands, a seabird photographers paradise

I took a trip to the Farne Islands, off the N Northumberland coast, yesterday. I've been a couple of times before, but it's still as fabulous as it ever was - particularly on a lovely sunny day . Bill Oddie described the trip as one of the best wildlife excursions in Europe. This time took a 2 hour (actually 3) trip to one of the outer islands, Staple Islands. I've stuck 10 photo's in the gallery, here are a couple. All with the E-1 and either 12-60 or 70-300 (the bl**dy E-3's still not focussing properly )

Guillemot portrait:


Guillemot colony:


Puffins:


This single island trip with 1 hour on one of the islands is 12 + 5.50 to the National Trust if you're not a member, excellent value IMHO. They also do an all day trip for 25 + landing with 2.5 hours on each of the two islands you can land on. If you're into bird photography and you haven't been, get yourself there May/June time and make sure you have plenty of batteries and cards.
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Re: Farne Islands, a seabird photographers paradise

John

Very nice.I went there in 1972 with my parents and have alway ment to go back.
As an aside how do you find ther E1 with the 12-60?.I've been using it a lot recently and realy like it.
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Re: Farne Islands, a seabird photographers paradise

Lovely Shots

Particularly like the first - beautiful combination of 'colours' and a gloriously crisp bird

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Re: Farne Islands, a seabird photographers paradise

thanks chaps.

Andy - Yeah, the 12-60 performs really well on the E1, it's just that it's bigger than the 14-54 so for that reason I normally use the E-1/14-54 for climbing trips and use the E3/12-60 combo for photographic expeditions.
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Re: Farne Islands, a seabird photographers paradise

Hi Andy -

No. 1 for me also.

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Re: Farne Islands, a seabird photographers paradise

Hi Andy

Wonderful series of shots here, and he portrait of the Shag in the gallery is awesome. I'd love to get to the Farne Islands, they really look awesome, but it's a heck of a treck for me. Maybe I'll have to make a weekend of it.

Thanks for posting, one sees many threads re Skomer but not so many from Farne and it's always good to see shots from other birding hotspots.
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Re: Farne Islands, a seabird photographers paradise

Thanks again. If anyone's going to the Farnes, this company is the original and the only one I've used. Normal weekdays you can get away with booking first thing in the morning (after 8). Weekends, I dunno. The full day trip is the one for serious birders.

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Oops... sorry John... my bad!



Still like the Shag portrait though... hehe
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... I'd love to get to the Farne Islands, they really look awesome, but it's a heck of a treck for me. Maybe I'll have to make a weekend of it....
<shamelss plug> Actually, if you're fancying a proper trip we've got a lovely little pet friendly cottage in the National Park, within easy striking distance of the harbour for the Farnes, and which offers discounts to UK E-System bods. URL in sig. </shameless plug>
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Re: Farne Islands, a seabird photographers paradise

Hi John

WOW - what a place that is... but it looks as though you're fully booked up in June and July. Also... do you consider long weekend breaks or only full week bookings...?
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WOW - what a place that is... but it looks as though you're fully booked up in June and July. Also... do you consider long weekend breaks or only full week bookings...?
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Well, I'm an Admin, and you most certainly won't upset me with these posts John...

This is something that could be offered to e-group users, and it totally relevant on the forum.
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This is something that could be offered to e-group users, and it totally relevant on the forum.
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Yeah it's a brilliant spot. About 40 minutes from the coast, but the driving up there is a joy - quiet country lanes with stunning views. 7 Miles from The Star Inn, Netherton (one of CAMRA's 10 pubs). And enough walking for Ranulph Fiennes. We do short breaks November - March inclusive, but if it got close to a vacant week we could consider a short break - but not across a weekend. Also I can have my arm twisted over April. 10% discount on proof of ownership of an E-3 with perfect focussing

The problem with the Farnes is combination of the nesting season and the weather. Late April to June is the best time. August is too late. March is too windy. They don't sail if the sea's too rough - the landings on the Farnes aren't exactly Dover Harbour! It'd be a shame to come all this way and miss out.
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Re: Farne Islands, a seabird photographers paradise

Thanks John, I shall discuss this with the wife, as we were talking about a break in June/July.
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Thanks John, I shall discuss this with the wife, as we were talking about a break in June/July.
Remember we're booked this year until August the 8th.

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