Keeping careful watch (Explored)
Adult Puffin keeping watch over its nest on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales - SOOC, cropped slightly. Taken with the EF 100-400mm L lens - this ensured shallow depth of field and the pleasing flower bokeh.
Sorry I have not been answering comments on flickr the past few days...I went off on a visit to one of the UK's greatest national parks - Skomer Island - this remote island is one of the important breeding places for puffins, shearwaters, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, lesser black-backed gulls and great black-backed gulls.
Visits to the island are restricted to April to October for a maximum of 250 visitors per day - this helps to keep the island quite unspoiled. The weather was perfect - calm conditions with a light breeze, and sunny (although I would have preferred slightly diffuse light - I am not complaining!).
The Puffins build their nests in burrows in the ground from early April and the chicks hatch around end May to early June. They usually choose sloping ground overlooking their favourite fishing spots. As soon as the chicks hatch the Puffins can be seen with their mouths filled with shiny sand eels, flying back to their nests to feed their chicks.
Seen on Explore #213, 28 May 2010