Whew. Just spent the last 4 days away from home, of which 2 days were spent on the Farne Islands (Inner Farne, specifically) and the other two for travel. Let's start with a few of my favourites from the 800 odd shoots I took.
Of the two days we were there, Staples Island was off limits due to the weather :-/ Thankfully we were still able to spend 2 full afternoon on Inner Farnes.
The trip on the boat was generally uneventful, though there are many opportunities to capture puffins flying low over the water (no chance for me - bad place on the boat), the occasional seal and many other birds.
Their nests are laid out all over the island, sometimes in the middle of the path (the wardens will erect a barrier in the paths), so do expect to get bopped on the noggin a few times.
I brought my full wildlife kit out for this trip, D300, D200, 70-200VR, 300/4, 1.4x TC, Monopod, Flash, Flash Extender. It was also quite cool, and was thankful I brought my winter gear which not only provides protection against the cold breeze, but also the bird droppings.
I used 3 focal lengths for BIF shots, the 70-200 at 200mm, and the 300/4 with and without the TC.
By far my favourites - generally luck really - were with the 200mm, though the 300/4 has a fair few good shots. The AF of the 300/4 has difficulty locking on when the cloud cover is heavy. The TC equipped on the 300/4 generally allows much easier tracking, but I am unsatisfied with the results using a 1/2500 shutter speed. I may need to push it to 1/4000 if need be to get the detail I want.
Am hoping to photograph the seals at Donna Nook later this year. Fingers crossed!