Sand eel feast

These portrait shots were taken back in June on the island of Skomer.

It was a beautiful day to visit the island with a view to photograph the Puffins,and as usual i was not disappointed.

We always get on the first boat as at this time of year  certain areas of the island becomes a media scrum when it comes to the Puffins.The islands staff do a great job of keeping tourists away from the burrows.

I took these portrait shots as the Puffins were feeding on Sand eels,their favorite food.My camera gear consisted of a Canon 7d mk 2, 100-400mm Canon lens with a polarising filter.Eventhough you could get relatively close to the Puffins set up of my camera was quite tricky.There was no cover, so over exposure was a constant thorn in my side.

Puffin numbers are falling due to low sand eel numbers.Climate change is a big factor.When will the world wake up to this serious issue.

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Skomer Puffins

Skomer island lies less than a mile off the Pembrokeshire coast and is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.Skomer is most famous for its puffins and has the largest breeding colony in southern Britian with an estimated population of 165,000 pairs.I have visited on several occasions and just marvel at these beautiful charming sea birds that ooze character.Photographing these birds was a pleasure eventhough difficult without any cover and the sun facing you in every direction.Over exposure was a real problem i had to deal with but well worth it

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