Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Friday, 8 July 2016

Staple Island - The approach

The morning had finally arrived. My day trip to the Farne Islands. I had been constantly checking my weather app for days, and it was at least looking dry. That's all I wanted. As I went to pay though I realised that the wind was also quite an important factor. If it's too windy with too much swell we wouldn't be able to land on Staple Island. After a tense fifteen minute wait, we were all systems go.

We set off on time at 9.30am. The islands look deceptively close from the shore. They're actually 2-3 miles away, and that takes quite a while by boat. I think it probably took 30 minutes to get to Staple, when it looked like it should be 10.

Glad Tidings 3. My boat for the day.

Bamburgh Castle seen from the boat.

Inner Farne and the lighthouse in the distance.

Eider Ducks will be one of my lasting memories of my time at Seahouses and the Farne Islands. A bird that I usually struggle to get on my year list is in abundance on the seas here. In the harbour at Seahouses on the boat journey across, and around the Farnes too. There are oodles of them. Super looking birds, and most had young with them.

Approaching Staple Island and you can see the cliffs heaving with Guillemots and Razorbills. Kittiwakes in the air, and an extraordinary smell.

I didn't really know where to look first, such was my excitement. I kept catching birds out of the corner of my eye as they took off from the sea. Others were flying in front of us. I was trying to bring the camera up every now and again but to no avail as everything was moving so fast. I need to remind myself that I am 41 and not 21. Should I be feeling this excited. The grin on my face was telling me YES!

The best I could do with a Puffin in flight shot from the boat.

A solitary Puffin on Staple Island as we approach.

Razorbills looking fantastic in the sunlight. My wishes for good weather had been answered.


  1. what a wonderful trip to see all these birds that was a good shot of the puffin and Razorbills. I hope you have a lovely weekend

  2. Hello, what an exciting trip! I love the puffing, eiders and the razorbills. Awesome post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  3. Beautiful photos.

  4. lucky you I want to be on that boat

  5. Compliment that are great photos.
    I especially like the photo from the flying solitary puffin !
    Best regards

  6. Beautiful birds, so many of them all in one place.

  7. Looks like a marvelous place. Your photos are great.

  8. Looks like you had a great day with lots of great birds.

  9. Wonderful photos! Looks like a great island for birds & bird lovers.

  10. I could just see the smile on your face and it made me smile too. I think you got some great shots to remember with.... Michelle

  11. Amazing birda, you have captured them well.

    R. Täysin arkista

  12. Wow! I would be confused as to what to look at, too! What a magnificent opportunity and you have wonderful photos.


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