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Sensational Skomer, 3 Night Puffin Workshop 2017

Live on Skomer Island for three nights, photographing its whimsical puffins and other spectacular wildlife.

*SOLD OUT. We are now operating a reserve list on this trip.*

Join us in summer 2017 for an experience like no other, living island life as an overnight guest of the magical wildlife haven that is Skomer Island. Located just off the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, 3 miles from Martin’s Haven, and covering 750 acres of habitat for a variety of wildlife, Skomer is the perfect place to see and photograph a diverse set of species including Razorbills, Guillemots, Seals, Short Eared and Little Owls, Manx Shearwater and of course the stars of the island, Puffins.

DATES & COSTS
Duration: 24th – 27th June 2017
Size: 12 participants + 2 guides
Cost: £429
Deposit: £150

To book or ask a question: email info@richardpeters.co.uk

Skomer Island puffins at sunset

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • All accommodation on the island
  • All breakfast and dinners on island
  • Soft drinks on the island
  • Island landing fee
  • Luggage drop from the carpark to the dock when we set off
  • Luggage drop from dock to carpark when we return

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • B&B accommodation the night before departure
  • Car park fees (£18)
  • Boat fee to the island (£11)
  • Lunch and snacks on the island
  • Alcoholic drinks on the island

Puffin in flight, Skomer Island

GUIDES
Richard Peters. A professional wildlife photographer, Nikon Ambassador and the 2015 European Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Richard always looks for the most dramatic use of light to create eye catching images of the wildlife around him.
Drew Buckley. Also a professional wildlife photographer based near Skomer in Pembrokeshire. Drew is a registered operator with Skomer and visits the island regularly throughout the year, giving him a vast knowledge of the surrounding area, making him one of most knowledgeable people to be on the island with.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
Anyone is welcome and encouraged on this island adventure as, from the very beginner to the professional, any skill level is catered for. Because the islands wildlife is so accommodating, everyone will have the opportunity to make the most of whatever kit they have to capture beautiful images. Frame filling shots can be achieved with everything from a wide angle lens to an 800mm telephoto.

In addition to this, those that require help or have questions on how to improve their wildlife photography can take comfort in knowing both your guides will be on hand 24/7 to offer tuition. No question is too big or small and we will endeavour to ensure you come away from the experience with photos you are delighted with and an improved knowledge on how to make the most of your camera.

Your accommodation on this trip is a converted farm house right in the heart of the island, complete with dormitory style rooms, solar power and kitchen facilities.

Skomer Island puffin

Skomers beautiful Accommodation

ITINERARY
DAY 1, Saturday
Catch the 9am boat from Martins Haven
After a short 15 minute boat ride, arrive on the island to a briefing from the wardens.
By midday, those who wish to photograph can be out with the cameras, those who wish to relax with a cuppa before hand can do just that. There is a relaxed, no pressure, atmosphere enabling you to photograph as and when you desire.

DAY 2, Sunday
Photography, lots of it. From sunrise to sunset and all through the night, we are free to come and go as we please.

DAY 3, Monday
As day 2 with one small difference. On Monday’s the island is closed to day trippers allowing us an entirely unique opportunity to fully appreciate the space all day, as well as all night, long.

DAY 4, Tuesday
We catch the boat back to the mainland at 9am.

Sensational light on Skomer Island

SHOOT DAY AND NIGHT
As noted above, once on the island and unpacked, our access is unlimited, meaning we can shoot day and night if the conditions are favourable. If the skies are clear at night, it’s possible to photograph at sunset, then work in to the night on star trails and milky way images, shooting through to sunrise. It’s rare, but not unheard of to see the Northern Lights too.

However the real magic of staying on Skomer Island, lay within the fact that day trippers from the mainland are only allowed on the island between 10am and 4pm. This means we have the entire island to ourselves for the most important parts of the day, sunrise and sunset (better known as The Magic Hour). This allows for unprecedented and unrestricted photography all over the island, meaning you will never have to jostle with strangers for the optimum viewing positions.

Whatever the weather, day or night, we can take full advantage.

Manx Shearwater under Northern Lights

MANX SHEARWATER
A special note must go to these wonderful birds. At night, the island is a safe haven for the Manx Shearwater and is believed to be the worlds largest population at an estimated quarter of a million birds. Sheltering here every night during the summer months, having spent the days out to sea. Walking the islands paths in complete darkness, surrounded by the sounds of these birds is an experience quite unlike any other, and comes highly recommended.

KIT RECOMMENDATIONS
Anything and everything. From the widest wide angle to the longest telephoto and everything in between. There are so many opportunities to get close to the wildlife on Skomer Island that it is one of those rare situations in the wildlife photography world where you can safely say whatever lens you have is the right lens!

BOOK NOW
To book your place, email info@richardpeters.co.uk

Side light on Skomer Island