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Visiting Skomer Island for Puffins

PapageitaucherIt is cool and cloudy when I am in Martin’s Haven in the morning. This is where the ferries leave for Skomer Island.

The boat to Skomer Island departs from Martin’s Haven, a small bay that can be reached by car in a few minutes from Marloes in western Wales. The ferry will normally transfer to Skomer Island at 10:00 am, 11:00 am and 12:00 am. There are about 40 people on the boat. Therefore, the number of visitors is limited to about 120 per day. My pension owner said that the rush can be very large and you should be there 1 hour before the ticket sale begins. On that day, however, the rush was not so great because the weather was not very good. When I arrived there shortly after 8:00 am, I was actually the first one, but soon some people arrived. It was still not clear if the ferry would go at all. At some point, the ticket sales were then unlocked, but on demand we were only told that is not decided whether the ferry leaves or whether the captain will decide on the spot. The captain would not arrive until 9:00 am.

There were more and more people, but fortunately I was in the lead in the queue and did not have to worry about not getting a ticket if the ferry only went once this time. After a long, anxious wait, the captain finally arrived and decided that the ferry would leave. It was a bit of a miracle for me as it stormed just like the days before and the weather forecast also announced a storm for the rest of the week and I was not very confident to get to Skomer Island at all.

The ferry is quite small and I did not think that actually 40 people fit on it and it got pretty tight, especially since a lot of the people had big backpacks with photo equipment. The crossing takes about 20 minutes, and the waves, which looked rather harmless from the land, showed significantly larger when on the ship. It reminded me Continue reading Visiting Skomer Island for Puffins

Papageitaucher auf Skomer

PapageitaucherEin Riesenkrach herrscht besonders in der Brutzeit auf einem typischen Vogelfelsen. Mitten drin kann sieht man immer wieder einen farbenfrohen, untersetzten Gesellen mit leuchtend orangenfarbenen Füßen und Schnäbeln. Häufig steht dieser Vogel still am Rand der Klippen steht, als würde ihn der ganze Trubel nichts angehen. Dies ist der Papageitaucher (Fratercula arctica).

Bei einem England-Aufenthalt ging es dann auch mal nach Süd Wales und ich hatte Gelegenheit, die Insel Skomer zu besuchen. Dort habe ich erlebt, daß die Papageitaucher immer wieder unter die Naheinstellgrenze meines Objektivs (Canon 4,0/ 400 DO) kamen. Dabei näherten sich die Papageitaucher; nicht ich mich ihnen. Auf Skomer war das Brutgeschäft schon im Gange, aber die Küken waren noch nicht geschlüpft. Somit hatte ich nur einen einzigen Papageitaucher gesehen der mal mit dem Schnabel voller Sandale anflog.

Auf der Insel stellen die Papageitaucher einen besonderen Höhepunkt dar. Die am besten zu beobachtende Kolonie auf Skomer heißt „The Wick“. Egal, wo man auf die drolligen Gesellen trefft: man sollte viel Zeit und Geduld mitbringen. Auch zu Essen und zu Trinken sollte vorhanden sein. Denn haben sich die Vögel Continue reading Papageitaucher auf Skomer