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Alannah Ruthen - Grassholm Island June 2011

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After an informal introduction and a recap session on camera settings at the cafe with Andy, we set off from Dale on a perfect Summer's evening on a calm sea that livened up once on the open water.

First stop was Skokholm Island where hundred's of puffins bobbed about on the sea, along with razorbills and an occasional guillemot. Next to grab the attention was the stunning rocky coastline and lighthouse. An 8 mile sail across to Grassholm was next, which allowed time for more camera tuition.




From some distance away we could see the whiteness of the rocks on the island, then a huge swirling cloud of birds was seen. As we got closer you could hear the noise of 1000's of birds, and then closer still there was a very unpleasant aroma of guano. Luckily we didn't spend long that side of the island! The boat stopped close to the island where there was the unforgettable sight and sound of 1000's of gannets above our heads and all over the island, accompanied by smaller numbers of guillemots.

On the journey back the sun was setting behind the island, and hundreds of shearwaters passed us, skimming above the waves.

Altogether an amazing trip, never to be forgotten.

Alannah Ruthen


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