Sweet puffin looks at me with his wise grey eye. Another hour on the island and the boat will come to pick us up. I don’t want to leave. I want to stay there, on the edge of the cliff, and see what he sees.
The aquamarine blue water turns a shade darker.
There is a dark cloud coming from the East, and it means rain.
Before long it was raining lazily, and the raindrops sat on the puffin’s back and head, like diamond beads.
I have had a fabulous time and took many photographs. I photographed birds perched on the cliffs, and in flight, from the front and from behind, …
… single and in groups.
We even saw a family of partridges and a rabbit.
It is time to leave.
Enjoy this short video from Saltee Islands website .
We take the stairs down to the rocky shore, and walk along the water edge taking photographs of everything that lies around.
Huge thanks to the Neale family who have turned the islands into the bird sanctuary, and set up a shelter for those who might get stuck on the island overnight.
Our boat arrived with more photographers on board. This group will stay until the dark to take pictures of the sunset. The rubber dinghy is speeding towards the shore. It is also named after a bird. Guess which? A Puffin! 🙂
This is Declan Bates, the captain of An Crosan, The Razorbill. Last August Captain Bates spotted an overturned boat that capsized near Great Saltee Island. Ten people had been in water for five hours. They were rescued and taken by An Crosan to Kilmore Quay. Nine of them survived.
Thank you for the safe trip, captain!
I do hope you enjoyed this trip, extended over so many blog posts 🙂
Don’t lose connection with the beautiful things of the world. Everything else won’t last long.
Have a wonderful weekend!