Puffins and Seabirds WorkshopsFarne Islands, North Northumberland
Puffins and Seabirds Workshops.
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June 2020
Max four people each day
Cost £190 per person
This is a one day workshop but two days can be booked if required
Come and photograph one of Britain’s truly great wildlife events, the breeding birds colonies on the Farne Islands, arctic terns, common terns, sandwich terns, razorbills, guillemots, eider duck, shags and of course the sea parrot or Tommy Noddy as the locals call the Atlantic puffin. Most of the birds can be seen and photographed at very close quarters.
The workshop will show you the techniques to photograph the birds in their breeding habitat, in flight in addition to the technical requirements for successful wildlife photography, exposure compensations, control of shutter speeds and aperture settings to get the best out of your trip.
The all day boat trip out to Staple Island and Inner Farne will take us past the seal colony giving opportunities to get close up images of the grey seals.
The workshop fee includes the costs for your tour around Staple Island and Inner Farne but does not include the National Trust landing fee for Staple Island and Inner Farne, your transport to the meeting place, car parking, insurance or photographic equipment/materials.
If the weather worsens when we are on the island we may need to be taken off and return to Seahouses on safety grounds. The sole judge of this is the National Trust staff. If this occurs then no refund can be given.
Boat fees and tuition on the trip
Travel to and from Seahouses, car parking charges, Insurance, camera equipment, food and drink, National Trust Landing fee
(National Trust members can land on the Farne Islands without incurring an extra landing charge. Non-members must pay an additional Landing Fee to the National Trust directly. These are currently about £34.80 pp)
You will need to provide your own photographic equipment; a 300mm lens is a good size for flight shots and with a converter would cover most shots. A tripod can be useful although flight shots would normally be hand held.
Zoom lens’s are great for this type of photography 100 – 400, 150 – 600mm are excellent
08.30 am meet at the harbour and discuss the day’s activities. Looking at equipment We will go through the techniques required to catch birds in flight, metering and focusing. photograph the terns, guillemots, razorbills and puffins in flight.
09:15 pm (approximately) board the boat for the trip out to Staple Island and Inner Farne, passing the seal colony and sea stacks with opportunity for photography. The photography time is 6-7 hours (approximately) on the islands to photograph arctic terns, common terns, sandwich terns, razorbills, guillemots, shags and of course the puffin. (See note below) Our time on the island is dictated by public safety and weather conditions in particular. If the weather changes or is abut to change we may need to leave the island earlier than advertise. The national trust and the boat owners are sole judges of this
Please see our Terms and Conditions
4.15 pm (approximately) arrive back at Seahouses.
It is hoped that we can spend 6 or 7 hours on the island, the time spent on the island is at the discretion of the boatman, time can be cut short due to weather conditions or the cancellation of later boats for the return trip.
The cost of the trip is £190 per day, which includes the cost of the boat trip but not the National Trust landing fee, which must be bought on the Harbour at Seahouses before getting on the boat. National Trust members land free on production of a membership card.
Gift Vouchers are available for this trip, makes a great Christmas or birthday present
50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking. With the balance due one month before the trip. See Terms and Conditions
In the event of boat cancellation due to weather, we can reschedule the day or a refund can be issued
Thanks for a great trip Ron.
I couldn’t have wished for a better day, you made the trip so informative and fun and the pics I got were beyond my expectations