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Precious cargo

By geoffrey baker
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.

Tags: Wales Flight Puffin Skomer In flight Sand eels Bord Wildlife and nature The Wick

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Norfolkboy 10 1 4 England
23 Jun 2013 8:29PM
Lovely capture, Geoffrey.

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23 Jun 2013 8:29PM
Nicely done. I know how hard they can be to photograph.

LeeFisher 7 59 8 England
23 Jun 2013 8:30PM
Very nice Geoff Smile
23 Jun 2013 8:41PM
Such great timing, excellent nature photography.
Trev_B 9 151 68 England
23 Jun 2013 8:45PM
Well done Geoff... lovely.

Steve_S Plus
10 180 3 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 8:46PM
Great capture Geoff
23 Jun 2013 9:03PM
So difficult to capture like this and you've done a greAt job, Geoff!
johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 9:06PM
Wonderful photography skills on show here Geoffrey, love it
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
23 Jun 2013 9:26PM
Superbly times capture, so jealous, a visit to Skomer on my To do list....well done
orts 5 3 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 9:29PM
Great Image
JuBarney Plus
5 20 3 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 9:30PM
Wow, a well-timed cracking shot
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
23 Jun 2013 9:54PM
Outstanding in flight capture!

23 Jun 2013 10:06PM
Thanks everyone Smile

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

cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
23 Jun 2013 10:21PM
Wonderful Smile Smile Smile
janeez Plus
8 1.7k 8 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 10:31PM
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
23 Jun 2013 11:06PM
Nicely exposed. Well captured.
23 Jun 2013 11:09PM
Fantastic image.

Jenny Smile
4 3 7 United Kingdom
23 Jun 2013 11:52PM
Perfect timing and exposure. I have already gave my UA out today or it would've been yours!SadGrin
24 Jun 2013 12:04AM
Thanks everyone Smile
Thank you Jenny for your User Award Smile

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
24 Jun 2013 6:31AM
It looks like the puffin shooting season has begun!Wink A terrific landing shot Geoff, you've timed this one to perfection
24 Jun 2013 8:48AM
Thanks Edmund and thank you for your User Award too mate Smile


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