The puffin is one of the country's favourite birds and there are few better places to see them up close than on the Farne Islands
The puffin is unmistakable; once seen, never forgotten. With its beautiful markings, strikingly coloured bill and almost comic gait it is a bird that has endeared itself to millions.
Though often known as a sea parrot, locally in Northumberland, the bird is known as a 'Tommy noddy'.
Each year, puffins return to the Farnes to breed. This is generally between April and late July with the peak breeding season being in May and June. For the remainder of the year, the birds fly out to sea, overwintering on the water, only returning to land each year for a short window to breed and raise their young. It is while out on the water, that they shed their brightly coloured bills, in favour of a dull grey winter bill colouring. But, as spring approaches, the vibrant colours return and, by the time they settle on land again, the bill is clear again for all to see.
Puffins are an red-listed bird species. This means there has been a severe decline in the population of puffins over the last 25 years. Over half of the UK population is based at just a handful of sites.
Amazing birds to see over 50,000 on the island at the moment and they will all leave the island in the next few weeks
Jo Bird & Bob Riach June 2017
A section of pictures from last nights visit to York
We have been asked by, The Tourism Department of North East Lincolnshire Council, to exhibit some of our photographs.
Jo Bird and myself have installed the 1st stage of our Photographic Exhibition (upstairs, Community Gallery), at Cleethorpes Discovery Centre.
Stage 2 of the exhibition, is on the ground floor Gallery and commences on Wednesday the 13th July.
There will be an open evening during July, date to be announced
The exhibition will last for 3 months .
We are planning to introduce different images throughout our exhibition, to encourage people to revisit to see more of our work.
North East Lincolnshire Council will be selling the images from the venue.
I cant believe it took me 158 images to get this picture right I had difficulty getting the focus