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Puff Daddy

The last of my Scotland posts comes to you from Sumburgh.  It's not a secret to anyone who knows me that I like birds.  In fact I love birds, always have done.  Puffins are a special case for me.  Ever since I was six years old, I saw a picture of one in a book and kept it for years.  Every time we visited a zoo, aviary, or if I came a cross a book, I would seek them.  I even bought a tacky Swarovski model of a pair of puffins - which I probably like a little too much.

When I did some reading about the Shetlands, I discovered the clear association with Puffins.  It was therefore one of my first non-work-related questions to our host at the terminal, and he recommended a visit to Sumburgh Head, specifically near the old lighthouse.  It sounded fantastic, and it was. It was the perfect place to view these - and other - seabirds.  I had an hour to spend there; but it didn't stop raining for one minute.  The shots are not the best, but I include them to show you the potential this beautiful place has, on a perhaps warmer dry day.

The photo above may help you scale the place, with my car visible on the left.  The location is maintained by the wonderful RSPB.  Click here for more information about Sumburgh on their website.With a good lens and reasonable weather, this place would be amazing for capturing some truly wild shots of the many birds that call this place home.

Reader Comments (11)

My chin dropped for your pictures!!! Cute little birdies! So cute... Indeed this place (especially the cliff) does look like the chilly cold New Foundland, PEI or Nova Scotia (East coast of Canada). God’s hand is the greatest photographer. Thank you!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPolar Panda

Cute birdies :P LOL!

nice photos like always ;)

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterQ80BOY

I guess your loving your work, because ur discovering lovely and nice places and what is the best is sharing it
Great work!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoesbox

Beautiful Shots!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShoSho

Amazing shots!! I always thought the Puffins weren't real for the longest time, just birds of a book company, until I saw them in real life in the London Zoo! They are amazing creatures!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMarzouq

:) the one about the book company thing holds true in my case too! yes, the cliffs look and feel so real...could almost feel the cold draft, and catch ourselves give a slight shiver!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteronlooker

Beautiful Shots!

May 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmu

Awesome pictures! I've always found puffins cute and sometimes goofy looking on account of their large beak.

Was it dangerous climbing near the cliffs to get a good shot?

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMathai

Not here... All photos taken from the main footpath without needing to do anything stupid :)

May 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBu Yousef

I second Marzouq about them looking unreal! Beautiful pictures!

May 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlaming Carrot

i like

May 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAdrenaline

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