Travel with Rachael Thomas to Skomer Island

 Skomer Island, Wales

I’m slipping back to the summer of 2017 for this post, when I spent a day on Skomer Island, off the coast of Pembrokeshire in Wales.





The island is famous for the puffins which arrive every summer to breed and having always wanted to see these cute birds I enrolled on a day trip to the island for a photography course. After a short boat ride out to the island, we spent time watching the puffins going in and out of their burrows or trying to get shots of them in flight as they returned from their fishing trips at sea with beaks filled with sand eels.



Skomer Island is a nature reserve a mile from the Welsh coast and has a range of habitats, from sheltered inlets to exposed headlands and once on the island it’s important to stay on the designated pathways. The huge number of puffins, about 165,000 pairs along with resident rabbits and Manx Shearwaters, mean the whole island is covered in burrows.



I had a wonderful time watching the puffins land and then run to their burrows to feed their chicks, hidden safely beneath the surface. I took lots of photographs – some good and some not so good.



It was a privilege to have spent a day on the island and with a maximum of only 250 visitors each day, the wildlife can go about their day. Pausing to pose for the odd photo! I even managed to get to grips with my then new camera and take photographs of a puffin returning from sea.



I’m hoping that once Covid travel restrictions are lifted here in Wales, I can spend another day on the island. Maybe to see it painted blue from all the bluebells in spring or to see the seal pups in the autumn, or even the puffin chicks as they emerge on mass from their burrows.



You can find out more about the island here.

https://www.welshwildlife.org/skomer-skokholm/skomer/

 

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I love escaping to distant shores with my characters, entering their glamorous world and feeling all the emotions they experience as they discover their love for one another. A love so strong it will overcome all obstacles eventually, leading to that promised happy ever after.

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37 comments:

  1. Hi Rachael,

    Welcome to Exotic Destinations! Thanks for sharing about your travel. I'm a travel addict but unfortunately now we are restricted.

    Congratulations on the release of your new book!

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    1. Thanks Nas and it's great to be here, remembering travel before restrictions!

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  2. Oh wow - what an amazing sight! I'd love to go there and see the puffins.

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    1. They're gorgeous aren't they. I'd love to go again some day.

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  3. Gosh, the island of Skomer, which looks amazing and mysterious, turns out to be the location of the beautiful bird habitat of Puffins ..., I would like to stay there for a long time to observe Puffins.

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    1. That would be amazing. It's such a beautiful place and only a select few people get to stay over on the island.

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  4. Wow! That scenery looks so amazing! Congrats on the book too! Hugs, RO

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    1. The scenery is amazing and thanks for the congratulations!

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  5. Wow, so fantastic place :)

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  6. Would love to visit Wales one day, looks so lovely. The book sounds good.

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    1. It's a beautiful place, but it does rain alot!

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    2. It's a beautiful place, but it does rain alot!

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  7. Amazing photos! Puffins are adorable.

    We'll go to Wales some day. A part of my heart will live in Britain forever. Next time we go back, I'd love to visit Wales.

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    1. Puffins are so cute! I hope you do get to visit Wales one day.

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  8. Puffins! They really are the most extraordinary bird. So odd-looking, but so beautiful too.

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  9. I would love to see Wales. And Puffins.
    Thank you both - and I really hope the book goes well.

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  10. There's a sizable colony of puffins at the Atlanta Aquarium, and my husband and I used to love watching them. How much better to see them in their natural habitat! I hope you took LOTS of pictures. :)

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    1. I took so many photos - especially trying to snap them coming back to the island with fish!

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  11. I can't think of a better way to spend a vacay than with Puffins.
    Congrats on what looks like a great read.
    'Lo Nas;)

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  12. what a beautiful scenery... i wish i could be there... soon...šŸ˜Š

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  13. I have always wanted to see puffins in person. So adorable! Love the scenery. Thanks for taking me on a virtual trip. Wishing Rachel all the best! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. They are so cute - and make such a charming noise!

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  14. Beautiful photos of puffins. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  15. great photos of the puffins...look so cute.

    Thank you for sharing summary of "The Greek's Outrageous Marriage Deal"....

    Have a great day

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  16. This place looks absolutely amazing - such a stunning pictures of puffins- they are so lovely xx

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  17. que fotos mas bonitas, me gustan mucho

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  18. Everything looking very nice! Thanks for sharing! šŸ’•šŸ’•šŸ’•

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