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Farne Islands 2016

Just a couple of miles off the Northumberland coast, the Farne Islands are home to a huge number of seabirds. With over 70,000 puffins and more than 20 other bird species there’s always something going on. We were fortunate with the weather and managed to land on the islands for 4 days in succession.

We timed this trip to coincide with the period when the young puffins (pufflings) are still below ground but growing quite large so have big appetites. Therefore a lot of the puffins we saw were carrying sandeels to take back home to their young.

Some of the puffins had larger fish as well as sandeels - quite a mouthfull

Razorbills nest colonially on many of the islands

A young shag is watched over by a parent

Preening shag


When puffins return to their burrows with beaks full of sandeels they have to be quick to avoid predation by gulls.

They try to land as close to their burrows as possible then head straight down underground

The puffins are zipping around all over both islands, often very close to people.

“He’s behind you”   Those sneaky puffins get everywhere !

The boat ride between Inner Farne island and Staple island gave opportunities to photograph the seabird cliffs

Grey seals were also found on some of the rocks between the islands

The kittiwake is a very elegant gull and loves to hover on the wind

Arctic terns are found on Staple island so hats are needed to protect heads

from being pecked as they defend their nests

Guillemots can be seen from the boat and also on both islands

Guillemots - ‘bridled’ form and standard form

Young guillemots are known as “jumplings”

They will jump from the high cliffs straight down into the sea when only a couple of weeks old