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I finally managed to get over to Skomer Island on Friday after 2 previous aborted attempts due to this Northerly wind that's been causing a nuisance this year.

Thanks to my friends Paul Rosser and Celia from the Pyle and Porthcawl Photographic Society for their company.

There were more puffins coming in with beaks full of sandeels than I've ever seen before and I must have been about 10 times now, there was a continuous stream of them passing us and landing right in front of us, it was like a turkey shoot but very difficult as they fly so fast.
The light was as good as I've ever had out there, bright yet diffused resulting in hardly a blown highlight out of the 265 photos that I've kept.
The wind turned through 90 degrees while we were there and it became perfect for helping the birds slow down before landing, everything was perfect for a change.

I've cropped this one a little as the puffin was dead centre when taken.

If anyone is thinking of going then get over there as soon as possible, it looks like a great year with large numbers of Puffins.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 70.0-200.0 mm f/2.8 VR2 +1.4
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:21 Jun 2013 - 1:44 PM
Focal Length:280mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/2000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:800
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Precious cargo
Username:geoffrey baker geoffrey baker
Uploaded:23 Jun 2013 - 8:21 PM
Tags:Bord, Flight, In flight, Puffin, Sand eels, Skomer, The Wick, Wales, Wildlife / nature
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Norfolkboy
Norfolkboy e2 Member 8Norfolkboy vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 8:29 PM

Lovely capture, Geoffrey.
Colin

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FrankMA
FrankMA  4 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 - 8:29 PM

Nicely done. I know how hard they can be to photograph.

Frank

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LeeFisher
LeeFisher e2 Member 559 forum postsLeeFisher vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 8:30 PM

Very nice Geoff Smile
Lee

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chalkhillblue
chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 8:41 PM

Such great timing, excellent nature photography.
David

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Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 8:45 PM

Well done Geoff... lovely.

Trev

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Steve_S
Steve_S e2 Member 8176 forum postsSteve_S vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 8:46 PM

Great capture Geoff
Steve

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 439 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 9:03 PM

So difficult to capture like this and you've done a greAt job, Geoff!
Alun

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johnjo58
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23 Jun 2013 - 9:06 PM

Wonderful photography skills on show here Geoffrey, love it
David

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2188 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 9:26 PM

Superbly times capture, so jealous, a visit to Skomer on my To do list....well done

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orts
orts  3 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 - 9:29 PM

Great Image

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JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 9:30 PM

Wow, a well-timed cracking shot
Ju

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114521 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 9:54 PM

Outstanding in flight capture!

Ade

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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 10:06 PM

Thanks everyone Smile

Thanks for your User Award Ade, I'm honoured Smile

Geoff.

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104023 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 10:21 PM

Wonderful Smile Smile Smile

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janeez
janeez e2 Member 61192 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 10:31 PM

I am so sad seeing this picture as I have had to cancel my holiday (next week) and Skomer was on the top of my list to visit. Sad

Fabulous image so well captured. Smile

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M_squared
M_squared e2 Member 3M_squared vcard United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 - 11:06 PM

Nicely exposed. Well captured.

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Jenny-D
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23 Jun 2013 - 11:09 PM

Fantastic image.

Jenny Smile

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BIGRY1
BIGRY1 e2 Member 2BIGRY1 vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Jun 2013 - 11:52 PM

Perfect timing and exposure. I have already gave my UA out today or it would've been yours!SadGrin
Ryan

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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2013 - 12:04 AM

Thanks everyone Smile
Thank you Jenny for your User Award Smile

Geoff.

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8234 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2013 - 6:31 AM

It looks like the puffin shooting season has begun!Wink A terrific landing shot Geoff, you've timed this one to perfection

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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Jun 2013 - 8:48 AM

Thanks Edmund and thank you for your User Award too mate Smile

Geoff.

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