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Friday, 30 May 2014

Skomer Island and Puffins

On our third day in Wales we took a trip over to Skomer Island especially to see Puffins.
Skomer only allows a certain number of people on the Island in one day so we had to get up at 6am to travel down to get in the queue for tickets.
While boarding the boat across I spotted a Spider crab in the water.

These caterpillars were on the path down to the boat on the mainland.

Once we landed on the Island we were given a talk telling us to be careful on the paths and where not to walk so we didn't squash the puffins or Manx Shearwater burrows which were everywhere.
With 5 hours before the boat would take us back we set off to explore.

Sedge Warbler

As well as Puffins, Skomer Island has lots of seals, cliff faces full of Guillemots, Razorbills and Kittiwakes.
One of the birds we didn't get to see (except a couple of dead ones) was the Manx Shearwater. This was because they were either deep in their burrows underground or out at sea.

Skomer Island is very pretty and colourful at the moment with the bluebells and pink Thrift, but it is very exposed and although the sun was shining the wind felt cold.

I spotted this Black-backed gull swoop down and grab a Moorhen.

After a half hour walk we arrived at The Wick which was the easiest place to see the Puffins. The Puffins, although used to people watching them were still a bit cautious and would pop down their burrows at a loud noise.
They were lovely little birds with a funny waddle and comical way of popping up and down in their burrows.

This Puffin seems to have some ticks


From one of the cliffs we watched 3 porpoises in the distance. This was the best attempt at a photo.


My sister took this photo

My sister took this photo too.

There were lots of rabbits on Skomer including a few black rabbits

This Puffin was rubbing it's chin on the rock


Thursday, 29 May 2014

Ramsey Island

On our second day in Wales we decided to go on a boat trip around Ramsey Island, with Thousand Islands expeditions. 
Whilst waiting for the boat to arrive we did a spot of rock pooling.

There was plenty to see while waiting including this kestrel hovering.

The boat trip around the Island lasted 1.5 hours and we got chance to go through the currents in Ramsey Sound and go in and out of the caves and bays.
The guide told us lots of interesting stories about the wildlife and the history of the Island.

There were quite a few seals and seal pups on the rocks and in the bays.

Once we landed on the Island we were greeted by Amy, who told us  more about the Island and what wildlife we might see.
My sister and I were given spotting sheets to fill in.
We had around 4 hours to look around at our own pace.
The Island is very beautiful especially as the sun was out.

Lots of bluebells

Dung Beetle

Currents are strong around Ramsey.

8 Seals



The boat reversed into this cave but stopped just before we got soaked by the curtain of water falling from the roof of the cave.

Little Owl

Chough in flight


Some type of pellet



There are 5 horses roaming around Ramsey

We also managed to spot the herd of Red deer, which seemed quite spooked by the horses running up and down.

There was time for a hot chocolate and a chat with the wardens while we were waiting for the boat back to the mainland.