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SKOMER ISLAND PUFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY DAY

OFFICIAL WILDLIFE TRUST & SKOMER ISLAND
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SKOMER ISLAND PUFFIN PHOTOGRAPHY DAY

Join Pembrokeshire’s award winning landscape and wildlife photographer Drew Buckley on a photography workshop visiting one of Britain’s finest island habitats and it’s enigmatic wildlife. This Skomer Island Puffin Photography Day will take place on Skomer Island; the best place to get up close and personal to its charismatic summer visitor, the Puffin.

We’ll visit and walk around the whole island seeing everything that the island in summer has to offer. From the swathes of pink Thrift and carpets of Bluebells, to hundreds of Puffins and seabirds flying around you, there’s really no better place to spend a day! Being a local, Drew has spent thousands of hours on Skomer over the years, so there's not many people who knows the island as well as him.

Workshop information

ITINERARY

The workshop will begin early in the morning at Martins Haven National Trust car park. We will gather here and make our way down towards the bay where we’ll board the boat for the short sea crossing to the island.

Landing on Skomer and taking the steep (!) steps up to the greeting point you’ll pass nesting burrows of Puffins and Razorbills giving you some very, very up close views of these beautiful seabirds. It’s funny, with most wildlife photography you’ve never got quite enough lens reach but with the Skomer seabirds, it’s more the opposite way around! Here, the warden (or one of the great volunteers) will give you a brief talk about the island and explaining what to see, where to see it and also where to and to not go. There’s only a few main footpaths on Skomer. From the air in simple terms, Skomer is like a squashed circle with a footpath going from north to south, a footpath west to east and also one that goes right around the island with the crossing point in the middle. Here you’ll find the main farm building, toilets, self catering accommodation and the only shelter on the island if there’s any inclement weather.

We’ll aim to spend time the majority of our time where the photographic interest is and also what you'd like to photograph, most cases that's all about Puffins! From close up portraits, to the trickier in flight images, I will be on hand giving advice and helping with any questions you may have. We’ll review images to make sure you’re getting the best out of the workshop and to also make any changes to camera settings that may arise. I will have my camera with me as well, so I can demonstrate different techniques and settings if needed. 

As you will find out on the workshop, you really are spoilt for choice on Skomer with the amount of diversity on offer. Either way I’m sure you’ll come away with some fantastic memories and images.

Included

Full professional tuition and guidance throughout the workshop.

Cover correct camera setting and techniques, composition and using the available light to help you get the very best from the afternoon.

Boat and landing fees.

Excluded

Food and Drink.

Transport to and from the venue.

Personal and Accident Insurance.

PriceS

One Person - £225
Two People - £295
Three People - £350
No tuition additional guest - £45

LOCATION

Martins Haven, Haverfordwest Pembrokeshire SA62 3BJ.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPERIENCE

The workshop is aimed at most levels of photographic experience, and most delegates will come away with good images of the birds. The workshop includes a guide through using the best camera settings and techniques for conditions on the day. I will cover choosing the correct auto focus mode and settings, selecting the right shutter speed and camera settings, together with tracking and panning techniques for bird in flight photography. I will also cover choosing the right birds to look out for and identifying behaviour and when to anticipate the action, such as diving. I welcome those who are just starting out, or those who are experienced in bird photography looking to improve their images.

What to BRING

Digital SLR camera or good Bridge camera with zoom. Wide angle for landscapes, telephotos for Puffins and birds close to paths and longer lenses for Owls and birds on cliff edges. Lenses up to 300mm or 500mm ideally. Fully charged batteries and spares, plenty of memory cards as you’ll be surprised how many photos you take!

This is an island just off the Welsh coast in the Irish Sea so expect changeable weather. Sturdy walking boots as although the paths are well worn and well maintained, they aren’t the flattest. Waterproofs if the weather turns and a hat and sun cream if it’s sunny. There are no refreshments on the island so you will need to bring your own packed lunch and drinks with you. You are free to bring whatever equipment you wish but please note you will have to carry it around yourself all day and also be able to get on and off the boat without assistance/blocking passageways.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Puffins and seabirds in the thousands! You’ll get some great close up views. There’s a constant whirl of birds at the Wick flying past will test your photography tracking skills. Bluebell lined paths in Spring, Little Owls, Flora and fauna all over the island, Guillemots, Razorbills, Short Eared Owl just to name a few.

FITNESS LEVEL

This workshop is suitable for intermediate levels of fitness. We will be walking a minimum of 2-3 miles. There are some inclines and declines when landing on the island, including a steep set of steps and long incline up to the farm.

Also getting on and off the boat can be precarious depending on sea state. On the island there are about four miles of well maintained paths, some parts there’s quite a few elevation changes over uneven ground and some boggy sections. Generally easy going if you take your time.

GROUPS

This workshop is designed for single person up to a group size of 3 delegates max – on busy weeks, bookings will be grouped together.

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WHAT MY CLIENTS SAY

Drew has a very relaxed style to his teaching which made for an excellent day. Finally got on to full manual under his guidance and now wonder what all the fuss was about. Should have done it ages ago and now use it much of the time.

Drew was hugely knowledgable about my camera as well as how to use it and was really responsive to what I wanted to learn/do. Great pictures, and great fun too, thanks Drew.

Jacqui : Skomer 1-2-1

I had a fabulous day visiting Skomer for a photography workshop with Drew. Our original date was cancelled due to weather conditions, but I was kept fully informed and we were able to do the next day with much calmer seas and great weather.

Drew is extremely knowledgeable and as well as the puffins pointed out many other birds, flowers and the coastline from the Island. I learnt much more about my camera and was able to get some fantastic shots - especially puffins in flight, thanks to a patient tutor! All in all a fantastic day and highly recommended.

Michelle : Skomer 1-2-1

Other than to get pictures of Puffins, my main aims for the workshop were to improve the exposure of my pictures and to be able to capture a decent bird in flight shot. I achieved that and more, Drew was extremely knowledgeable as you’d expect from a photography perspective but also shared so much information about the local area, birds, flora and fauna.

Drew has an approachable manner and made me feel relaxed asking questions, no matter how basic they were. The weather was fantastic and the island covered in bluebells and campion which created a fantastic backdrop. We not only saw Puffins and gulls galore but also seals, an owl and lots of smaller birds.

Marie : Skomer 1-2-1

I booked a full day 1:1 with Drew. Very very tiring day, but the tuition and experience second to none.

Drew has a great ability to simplify, and encourage. Skomer Island is a great experience, well worth the cost.

Alan : Skomer 1-2-1

I recently had a day with Drew on Skomer Island with a few friends. It was just a brilliant day!! Puffins, Short-eared Owls...all amongst a carpet of wild flowers! Drew always attentive but never too much so. He knew exactly where to go to make the most use of the time we were there. A perfect day!!

David : Skomer 1-2-1

Other than to get pictures of Puffins, my main aims for the workshop were to improve the exposure of my pictures and to be able to capture a decent bird in flight shot. I achieved that and more, Drew was extremely knowledgeable as you’d expect from a photography perspective but also shared so much information about the local area, birds, flora and fauna.

Drew has an approachable manner and made me feel relaxed asking questions, no matter how basic they were. The weather was fantastic and the island covered in bluebells and campion which created a fantastic backdrop. We not only saw Puffins and gulls galore but also seals, an owl and lots of smaller birds.

George : Skomer 1-2-1

- MONTHLY HIGHLIGHTS -

MAY

While the seabirds have been here for a month or so nest building, the island finally comes into life in terms of visual impact. Carpets of Bluebells & Red Campion line the pathways for a few weeks around mid May while the birds hurry into the busy breeding season. Pink coastal Thrift starts to bloom on the coast in late May and early June and the weather heats up.

JUNE

The busiest time and hottest month. The first week of June you'll start to see adult Puffins and other sea birds bringing in sand eels for their newly hatched young. Heading in to mid June, there are chicks  across the island all wanting food. Most of the flowers start to die off early in the month and the bracken takes over. 

JULY

A more wild, sometimes wetter and cooler month, it's usually around the first week there will be the odd chick, aptly named 'Pufflings' starting to venture out of their burrows frantically stretching their wings ready for fledging. These sightings start to increase as we head through the month before all the birds leave in early August.

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Prices for 2019 : One Person - £225. Two People - £295. Three People - £350. No tuition additional guest - £45.

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

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Confirmation of Booking

By booking through the website, you agree to all Terms & Conditions listed. A reservation is confirmed once full payment is received. I will then confirm your booking in writing typically via email.

Booking Conditions

Our workshops run in all weathers and each delegate should ensure that they have the correct all weather clothing suitable to the conditions and each delegate is responsible for the well being of their photography equipment and personal effects.

This is an outdoor photography workshop. Weather can be unpredictable. Drew Buckley accepts no responsibility in the event of any locations being out of sight or not in good light.

CHANGES TO THE DAY

Drew Buckley reserves the right to change the details, itinerary or date of any Workshop due to unforeseen circumstances or events beyond Drew Buckley’s control. Any significant changes will be notified to in writing. If the revised workshop date offered doesn’t suit the delegates plans then an alternative date or refund will be offered.

Drew Buckley cannot be held responsible for the absence or “no show” of animals or birds, nor cloudy or poor weather on workshops

Loss or Damage

Drew Buckley will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to personal items or for any personal injury or accident. Delegates are respectfully reminded that our activities could potentially entail risk or danger and all activities are ENTERED INTO AT YOUR OWN RISK.

The venues and locations for this trip have no (or limited) medical facilities. Therefore please inform us of any health issues and ensure you take your own medication with the appropriate insurance in place in case of emergency.

Drew Buckley strongly recommends you make our own insurance arrangements against trip cancellation and curtailment, accidental death and disability, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses, loss of personal effects, photographic equipment and other loss or injury as per a commercially available travel insurance policy

You agree to indemnify Drew Buckley against all loss and damage arising, directly or indirectly to the property and its contents from any deliberate or negligent act or omission by yourself, without limitation of the foregoing to pay us forthwith upon written demand our costs in making good any such loss and damage and cleaning.

Drew Buckley shall not be responsible for any loss, or damage to any belongings, or injuries sustained by your or any member of your party. 

Cancellation by Drew Buckley

Drew Buckley reserves the right to cancel any Workshop at any time. Typically the workshops will run in all weathers and each delegate should ensure that they have the correct all weather clothing suitable to the conditions and each delegate is responsible for the well being of their equipment and personal effects. Most times however if weather forecast looks to be poor, Drew Buckley will get in touch to make other arrangements.

In the case of trips where we are dependent upon vehicles (land, sea and air) not owned by Drew Buckley then any decision regarding transportation is at the behest of the service provider and any decision made by them as to the safety of our group is final and indisputable  i.e. In the case of the Skomer Island day trip, should the boat be unable to leave the harbour for Skomer Island, Drew Buckley will offer an alternative date to join onto another Skomer day workshop. The delegate can choose if they wish to partake, if not, a full refund for the Workshop will be given. The captain’s decision to sail is final and indisputable.

If, for whatever reason, Drew Buckley needs to cancel a Workshop, then an alternative date will be sought (within 12 months of booking) or full refund of monies paid by you to Drew Buckley will be made. However, Drew Buckley accepts no further liability outside of the cost of the course. Any additional costs incurred outside the cost of the course including but not limited to transportation and accommodation will not be covered by Drew Buckley.

Cancellation by the Delegate

If the delegate is a “no show”, then no refund to the delegate is applicable. Once a booking is made all fees are not refundable under any circumstances other than trip cancellation by Drew Buckley. 

Special Requests

Please advise Drew Buckley at the time of booking of any special requests such as diet or physical impairment. A specified level of fitness is required and Drew Buckley reserves the right to refuse to take a delegate if such a special request has not been notified at the time of booking.

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