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NPhoto - - Get In Touch! - Eric Dun­can, Rosyth, Scot­land

I was read­ing your ‘Puf­fin Power’ ar­ti­cle in this month’s is­sue (is­sue 35) from the Farne Is­lands and drew a per­spec­tive from a trip our pho­to­graphic as­so­ci­a­tion took to the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth, just off the coast of Fife in Scot­land.

The puffins had not yet started to breed, but they more than made up for it by the huge num­bers gath­ered on the rocks. The weather was near-per­fect and these com­i­cal birds pro­vided a huge op­por­tu­nity for the large con­tin­gent of pho­tog­ra­phers.

I had never been to the is­land be­fore and this was my first at­tempt at pho­tograph­ing seabirds in their nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. My gear on the day con­sisted of my trusty D5100 with a 70-300mm Sigma lens shoot­ing at f/4 with ISO at 400, and I used a mono­pod to steady my shots as you can­not ven­ture off the marked paths in case you col­lapse the ground which is rid­dled with bur­rows and break a leg.

You sent in some splen­did shots, Eric. I hope you’re go­ing to carry on with your se­abird pho­tog­ra­phy.

Eric was able to cap­ture a whole pack of puffins

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