If you are looking for somewhere to visit in 2016 then you could do a lot worse than heading over to the Island of Skokholm. Such wonderful memories and I really do hope one day to return. A small selection of some of my favourite images captured during visits in 2013 and 2014.
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A Male Wheatear looks to pick a flower for their sweetheart ... okay perhaps not but still :)
Canon 1DX, 400mm f/2.8, ISO 1000, 1/2000 sec @ f/7.1.
I'm going to miss my trip to Skokholm this year, having been there for the past two seasons. I hear from their blog (you should check it out) that the Puffins have started to return and begin the cycle all over again. Checking in on the blog a few times a week has become somewhat of a coffee time ritual for me.
Puffins will remain one of my favourite seabirds (although the Northern Gannet still wins out for me) and I look forward to getting myself back to Skokholm in 2016.
By the way the staff on Skokholm are some of the most knowledgable folks I've ever met and will always be thankful for being part of the evening bird logs. Although next time I'll make sure to check out if it's a Purple Heron or not :)
A baby Oystercatcher runs back to mum for some protection from the Great Black Backed Gulls on the island of Skokholm. The Great Black Backed Gulls are the Alpha predator on the island.
Skokholm remains one of my all time favourite places to visit. Of course the main attraction in summer are the Puffins, but the island is brimming full of other birds as well. Sadly missing a visit of Skokholm in 2015 but hope to return in 2016.