|Grassholm Island gannetry is our destination on this early evening wildlife experience. Local Welsh photographer Andy Davies can provide optional hands-on expert advice to small groups who are guided in capturing this outstanding venue. Non-photographers and those not requiring tuition are welcome at a reduced price.
Situated 11 km due west of Skomer Island, Grassholm is home to more than 78,000 breeding gannets, together with a number of "club birds" who have yet to reach maturity, bringing the total to nearly 100,000. It is the third most important site for gannets in the world, after St. Kilda and Bass Rock in Scotland and is managed by the RSPB. This is a rare chance to capture this world-class site during photography's Golden Hour, when the evening sun bathes the island in rich light.
Once in the vicinity of Grassholm, we will throw fish from the boat to see plunge-diving gannets at close quarters. Razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes and shags together with Atlantic Grey seals are also found on and around the island. Encounters with porpoise and common and rissos dolphins are frequent and we may be lucky enough to photograph minke, pilot and killer whales. Sunfish and basking shark can also be added to this awe-inspring list of possible opportunities.
The return journey is timed to coincide with witnessing the tens of thousands of shearwaters that congregrate at sea before they return to their burrows on Skomer and Skokholm Islands under the cover of darkness.
Whether a complete beginner, enthusiast, aspiring professional or seasoned photographer, Andy provides comprehensive tuition to suit all levels in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere. The trip will only run if the sea and weather conditions are favourable. Our boat is the Dale Princess which is capable of carrying 50 passengers but there will be a maximum of 12 on this trip giving plenty of room for everyone onboard.
For those on the Workshop, we will spend an hour for an introductory talk and camera set-up session before boarding the boat. The session on the boat lasts 5 hours giving us plenty of time to cover all the subjects we may encounter.