This was a wonderful experience that I would highly recommend to others that love nature, birds, and photography. The trip from Martin’s Haven to Skomer Island was quick and soon we were landing and our adventure began.
The trip started with a basic photography overview and ensuring that everyone knows how to adjust settings on their camera to get the best shots of the puffins prior to arriving at The Wick where a large group of puffins have burrows. Even though I have had several photography classes and have been using my camera for years, I picked up some great tips and different viewpoints from Andy which were instrumental in getting some great shots while on the island.
The scenery was beautiful as you walk across the island and my first view of The Wick and the up close and personal access to the puffins is a sight I will never forget. I thoroughly enjoyed all my time watching and photographing the puffins as they went about their daily routine.
We stopped for lunch and a little more instruction and then walked to the center of the island to the only toilet facilities. We walked up to Skomer Head and caught a quick view of the resident Little Owl on a wall on the way. We received some tips on photographing the puffins and other birds in flight and headed back to The Wick to put it into practice.
We wrapped up our trip at the boat landing with some time photographing guillemots and razorbills nesting near there before getting the boat back to Martin’s Haven.
I would recommend sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, a water bottle, and pack lunch. I would also recommend a 32+GB card for your camera because you will be taking LOTS of photos in Raw format which takes up space. One person in our group ran out of space on her card. A larger card would enable you to go through the day shooting and eliminate bad shots at your leisure.