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Puffins on Skellig Michael, County Kerry

Puffins on Skellig Michael 1
Images using a Canon G1x
Puffins on Skellig Michael, county Kerry
Irish Wildlife images by Kilkenny based photographer : Nigel Borrington

On a very recent trip to the Skellig islands I got lots of images of the puffins that nest here in large numbers each year, Ireland has two large populations of Puffins, one here and the other the Saltee islands of the Wexford coast line.

When you visit both these locations, it is very hard to be perfectly honest to miss getting great images of these birds. They are very trusting of humans and can get very close to you, so even with a camera like the Canon G1x you can get some very good images. These are just two and I got lots more.

They are a lot smaller than you may think if you have never seen them in the flesh, it’s when you see them in flight that they are at their most impressive.

Puffins on Skellig Michael 2

19 responses

  1. So that’s what a puffin looks like eh? Cute bird πŸ™‚

    August 7, 2013 at 9:54 am

  2. 1annecasey

    Stunning images Nigel. That second one gave me vertigo! : ))

    August 7, 2013 at 10:49 am

    • Hello Anne πŸ™‚

      Thank you, yes the island is not one for people with a vertigo problems, we got to the top of the paths ok, but the way down you feel a little like your walking over the end of the world, stunning place to be however πŸ™‚

      August 7, 2013 at 11:40 am

  3. I sooo wanted to see puffins while I was in Ireland, but I guess i went to the wrong place! Great shot Nigel!

    August 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    • Hello Marry, Thank you πŸ™‚

      Next time πŸ™‚ Both the islands above have a big population and the puffin season last until mid August πŸ™‚

      August 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  4. artscottnet

    Good day, Nigel. Amazing images!

    August 7, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    • Hello Scott πŸ™‚

      Thank you, They are such great birds to photo I just loved every moment!!! πŸ™‚

      August 8, 2013 at 7:18 am

  5. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Fascinating birds – love their beaks.

    August 7, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    • Hello Vicky πŸ™‚

      Yes aren’t they, just wonderful ! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      August 8, 2013 at 7:19 am

  6. [squealing with delight]

    August 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    • Hello Rene πŸ™‚

      Absolutely πŸ™‚ , they are just wonderful little birds πŸ™‚

      August 8, 2013 at 7:20 am

  7. Oh, Lord. The face.

    August 7, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    • Hello Elen πŸ™‚

      Yes, don’t they just have the most amazing features πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      August 8, 2013 at 7:21 am

  8. They have always reminded of penguins, don’t know why. Just had a thought, they kinda have a bit of parrot about them too.

    August 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    • Hello Hague πŸ™‚

      Yes I know what you mean, the most amazing thing is when you see the fly, they did it very fast and very well !! πŸ™‚

      August 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm

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