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Farne Islands

ChrisJD 10 100 Scotland
19 Mar 2015 7:41AM
Anyone been to the Farne Islands? What's the best length of lens to take? I've never been so not sure how close to the birds you can get.
STUARTHILL758 18 38 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2015 8:38AM
70-200f2.8 ideal lens any longer and you miss out on the birds that are three feet in front ,make sure you have a hat the turn will draw blood that's how close they are ,make sure not to just keep taking photos and stand back and relaxe and enjoy the spectacle
ikett 10 545 England
19 Mar 2015 9:19AM
You see many people with 100-400/80-400 lenses and several 500 and 600, really depends on what you are trying too achieve.
capto Plus
8 6.4k 21 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2015 9:33AM
You do get really close, but the hat is the must have gear.
sausage Plus
16 680 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2015 9:43AM
I went last year, took my 70-200 which was ok but sometimes I'd wish I'd brought a longer lens. But with my D810 I was able to crop some of the pics down.
mclancy 16 13 Scotland
19 Mar 2015 12:41PM
100 - 400 has worked for me on the 2 visits I've made
gingerdougie 13 67 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2015 2:07PM
I,ve used a 70-200 zoom.
Terns get really close as do many of the Auks. Best time of year may/June early July.
Two island bird watching trip: Staple Island and Inner Farne well worth it at about 40.
Wear a hat!
chris.maddock 19 3.7k United Kingdom
19 Mar 2015 3:28PM

Quote:Wear a hat!

Correction - wear an OLD hat. If they can't peck your head they may well carp on it instead.
gingerdougie 13 67 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2015 4:05PM
Chris quite correct but the Terns aren,t good shots and any part of you might get it, including your expensive camera.Despite the hazard it is a great day out for bird photography and well worth every penny. If you have a National Trust card take it otherwise you will have to pay a landing fee on each island!
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 710 England
19 Mar 2015 7:26PM
Up to 400 as you can reach the birds that are just that little further away and are more relaxed, it gives you options, and for birds in flight.
24 mm (or wider on crop sensor cameras) for shags on the nest close to.
ChrisJD 10 100 Scotland
20 Mar 2015 11:22AM
Thanks guys! I'll take a sombrero!
LenShepherd 12 4.3k United Kingdom
23 Mar 2015 8:57AM
First things first - you need an all day trip to visit 2 islands. To keep wildlife disturbance to a reasonable level one island is closed in the morning and one island is closed in the afternoon.
It is cheaper if you are a National Trust member.
You sail past several seal colonies so an 80-400 comes in useful. Many shots can be obtained on the islands with shorter focal length lenses. Some birds you can get within 6 feet. The nesting shags and puffins keep relatively still often no more than 20 feet away.
Being bare rock wind blown sand is not a problem.
I take a tripod.
You need some light refreshment with you as there are none on the islands.
It can be windy so take a windproof top.
You only need a hat in the afternoon near the tern colony - though you definitely need one!
If you get reasonable weather in May and June it is easy to fill large memory cards with good bird shots in a single day.

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