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Puffin Patrol

Fri 05 Jan 2018, 9:03 pm

Highlight of my non-aviation photography in 2017 was a trip out to the Isle of Lunga to photograph the Puffin colony there. The birds are so incredibly tame and comical to watch. The weather was absolutely pants but luckily I had a spare rain cover for my kit left over from RIAT 2008 :-)

ImageA_IMG_7669S by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

ImageA_IMG_7652S by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

ImageA_IMG_7457S by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

ImageA_IMG_7393S by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

ImageA_IMG_7638S by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

ImageA_IMG_7321S by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

ImageA_IMG_7289S by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

I hope that these were of interest.

Cheers,
Ralph

Re: Puffin Patrol

Fri 05 Jan 2018, 9:28 pm

Nice set, I particularly like the pair at their burrow mouth through the vegetation.

Cheers

John

Re: Puffin Patrol

Fri 05 Jan 2018, 10:01 pm

Not exactly camera shy are they?

Nice set of pictures..

Re: Puffin Patrol

Sat 06 Jan 2018, 11:11 am

lovely set

Re: Puffin Patrol

Sun 07 Jan 2018, 1:16 pm

Very nice set thank you for sharing :clap:

Re: Puffin Patrol

Mon 08 Jan 2018, 9:09 pm

Love the sharpness and colours in these Ralph. :smile:
Was the boat trip over compatible with those rather prone to sea sickness? :drool:

Re: Puffin Patrol

Mon 08 Jan 2018, 9:49 pm

The weather was not good and the boat from Mull to Lunga did provide a dynamic experience - but nobody was ill (there were approx. 18 people on this trip). Some pics to give an idea of the boat and conditions...

ImageAA_IMG_7883_S by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

ImageAA_IMG_7485 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

ImageAA_IMG_7372 by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

ImageAA_IMG_7900_S by Ralph Lunt Photography, on Flickr

The trip was run by Turus Mara who were excellent throughout.

https://www.turusmara.com/

Cheers,
Ralph

Re: Puffin Patrol

Tue 09 Jan 2018, 4:50 pm

Yes, I see what you mean. As a matter of interest, how long did the boat journey take?

Re: Puffin Patrol

Tue 09 Jan 2018, 8:29 pm

Richard,

Looking at the exif data, the timings were:-

10:50 Depart Mull
12:00 Arrive Lunga (Puffins)
13:45 Depart Lunga
14:50 Arrive Staffa (Fingals Cave)
15:56 Depart Staffa
17:00 Arrive Mull

We were staying in Oban, so there was also a ferry ride Oban-Mull before the above and a ferry back to Oban afterwards (about 50 minutes each way).

Cheers,
Ralph

Re: Puffin Patrol

Wed 10 Jan 2018, 7:51 pm

Would have to be very calm to get through that lot unscathed. Dire boat traveller I'm afraid :sad:

Re: Puffin Patrol

Thu 11 Jan 2018, 11:16 am

All hail the mighty puffin! :grin: Lovely stuff.

I went to Mull once, many years ago - I don't remember the crossing being too onerous and I am not a brilliant sea-traveller. But then again it was May so the seas were probably relatively calm.

Re: Puffin Patrol

Thu 11 Jan 2018, 10:09 pm

Lovely stuff, you ought to be very proud of those shots :clap:

I've never been here, but I have done the Farne Islands a few times, and I've always been very green by the time the boat landed. Well worth it though.

Re: Puffin Patrol

Fri 12 Jan 2018, 8:46 pm

Great set Ralph :clap: Love puffins!

Andy :smile:
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