Chores done and my neighbour and I drove off to see puffins!
My annual pilgrimage to Sumburgh Head. I like to see them every year.
The flowers are wonderful now.
Sea birds on a rock.
We wandered around not seeing very much in the way of puffins, but taking photos none the less. I had my new camera with me as well as the big one (for any potential close ups of puffinery).
We made the obligatory trip up to Sumburgh lighthouse complete with foghorn – built by Robert Stevenson in 1821 and is the oldest lighthouse in Shetland.
And a good wander about.
And then I found a singular puffin. Huzzah!
We walked a long a bit and found more. Apparently a group is known as a colony, a puffinry….
a burrow, a gathering, or an improbability! You can sort of see why.
I desperately wanted to take some photos of puffins coming into land or taking off. While their flying skills are dubious at best, it is their landing and take off that is even worse. They land as if they never expected the cliff ahead, and take off just by falling and looking hopeful!
These shots were all I could manage. Blink and you miss them.
But I do love a puffin. They always make me laugh when I see them.
And then to town for lunch (this is our lunchtime view)…. and messages.
They were filming “Shetland” in Lerwick.
A fake shop front.
Film kit everywhere.
Home now. It was a superb day. I am exhausted. Definitely worth it for the puffins, though.