Monthly Archives: July 2011

Skomer-Island Hopping Again

Posted on July 24, 2011 by charlie

As in the previous blog the visit last week will probably be my last for this year. Skomer is the sort of place that gets under your skin and you have to be involved with it in some way. My first visit was in 2009 so I am not yet a regular when you talk and compare yourself with people who have been volunteering for 30 years. However I have been fortunate to have spent quite a few weeks on the island each year as a volunteer and have been lucky to have had my name on the emergency list to cover for other volunteers who could not commit to their booking on the island at the last minute. This blog is just a few pictures of wildlife I have not taken or only taken a few pictures of before. I hope you enjoy it.

Wildlife Photography

On the overnight accommodation block every evening the swallow chicks would line up on one of the windows and the two adults kept coming on a very regular time frame to feed the insatiable appetite of their young. They were very hungry and constantly calling for food presenting their beaks as wide as possible vying  for food over their siblings.

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In this group there were 4 chicks. The fourth chicks was on a different window by its self but the parents kept feeding it as well. As far as I could see they all got the same amount of food wherever they were.

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Puffins and Pufflings

Posted on July 24, 2011 by charlie

The final selection of Puffins from Skomer for this year. The Puffin season is coming to an end. By the end of July most Puffins will have left for their epic journey.

More than 75% of the seabirds that have now been fitted with “geolocator” tags headed for the open waters off the Atlantic Ocean.

Puffins spend their winters on the open sea, and can be found particularly around the Newfoundland coastline and within the Arctic Circle and around Icelandic waters, with about 60% of the world’s population living there.

Wildlife Photography

So, technology at its best has helped researchers understand more about where the Puffins go between breeding seasons.

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A couple of pictures of some housekeeping going on, scraping dirt out of the burrow entrance.

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Dragonflies and others

Posted on July 15, 2011 by charlie

I have just returned from a sensitive site in Staffordshire. I do not wish to disclose where it is because I have been given special permission to use it for Wildlife Photography. I have to respect the trust given to me so I hope readers will understand

Wildlife Photography

This Red Legged Partridge one of two I spotted were a good start to the day.

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Immature Black Darter. The correct terminology for the immature dragonfly is Teneral the meaning being the period when the adult insect is newly emerged from the pupal case or nymphal skin . During the Teneral period, the insect’s exoskeleton has not hardened or darkened, leaving it vunerable. The term comes from the Latin tener, meaning soft, young and tender.

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Island Hopping

Posted on July 10, 2011 by charlie

Yes, I am back again on the Island of Skomer, one of my favourite places where I seem to be fortunate enough to be spending sometime here this year as well as Skokholm its small sister island. During my week the weather was excellent which of course results in many day visitors to the island. As many as 300 on the Saturday. All needed revenue for the Wildlife Trust and if you are holidaying in Pembrokeshire and wildlife is your thing please do spent a day on the island. It will be a day you will not forget.

One of the problems of day visitors is some species like the little owl will hide away all day long and only pop their heads up when human traffic has quietened down in the evening. It a shame in a way because visitors come to see the owls as well as Puffins

Wildlife Photography

This year I am only aware of one pair of Little Owls. There was definitely two last year because I was privileged enough to have seen them. I do think we probably lost the other pair to the bad winter we had. Anyway the pair we have seem to be doing fine.

Wildlife Photography

This pair is nesting on the walls around the North Pond area and knowing the approximate area sooner or later I new I would get lucky and have a wonderful photographic opportunity. Wildlife photography at its best. They are so obliging, and if you approach them very slowly and quietly they will watch you and let you get close enough for a good picture. Any sudden movements and they are gone.

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