Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Around Skomer

A cruise around Skomer last Wednesday made up for missing out on the opportunity to land on the island earlier in the day. The sheer number of Puffins was impressive - seemingly in far greater densities than on my recent trip to the Isle of May which is said to be the largest British colony. Highlights below:

Gannets fished the choppy waters between Skomer and the mainland

The huge gannetry of Grassholm could be seen in the distance 

Guillemots on Skomer's north coast


Guillemot in flight

A typical view off the coast of Skomer

The Dale Princess went close enough to photograph Puffins on the rocks

Puffin in flight

Puffin taking off

The Puffins generally swam away as the boat approached but one or two were bolder

Puffin with sandeels



Razorbills - a very smart bird in summer plumage

Grey Seal just off Skomer

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