Exposure 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO200 Lens Nikon AF 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR
OUR APPRENTICE says… After spending the morning on Staple Island we caught the boat to Inner Farne. We’d seen puffins in flight and scurrying in and out of their burrows on Staple Island but we had more luck with portrait shots here, as there was a big flock of puffins hanging out on a cliffside. Chris told me these were off-duty birds loafing about, and they were much easier to photograph as they weren’t rushing about looking after their eggs. I waited for one with a mouthful of sand eels to perch in a clear space on the boulders, and got down low to frame him nicely against the rocks and the grass.
Don’t just concentrate on single puffins – shots of groups and pairs look great too, and showing how the birds interact in the environment adds a nice reportage feel to your shots. Switch to a narrower aperture, such as f/11, to get pairs or a whole line of birds in focus.