Saltee Island: big adventure 2016


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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Captain Declan Bates

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.

inesemjphotography Have a wonderful weekend!


      1. To be absolutely honest, I’m not close enough friends with any puffins to ever have noticed their personal hygiene issues one way or the other. 🙂

        1. Well, in Iceland it might be a traditional food source, but Farrier Island? May be it is Faroe? I hope that hunting for puffins is only related to the population control. As to me, I wouldn’t eat a puffin ever.

            1. Yes, I imagine. In such places, people live in harmony with the nature, they never waste and never abuse their resources. Still, if I visited, I wouldn’t eat puffins 🙂 I would bring my own sandwich with me 😉

  1. To mark the beautiful finish to your Saltee Island posts, I have a surprise for you at my blog 🙂 You’ve saved the best for the last as these are some of your finest Puffin photos! ❤

  2. Ah, my soaring heart will lay earthbound now that you’ve taken us to the last stint of your amazing adventure with the Puffins. I see how one eyes you with admiration, and I have grown to find out why. Thank you for a heartwarming journey, Lady Inese and for such a fine compliment about my soul at Rose’s blog. I must say that my soul is but half the beauty of yours. Thanks so much and have a lovely week, dear. -PR

  3. Inese, I like when Juli Andrews as Maria Vin Trapped sings of her favorite things (so instead of “raindrops on roses”) I love raindrop beads on backs of puffins. Maybe we can change the next verse to be “blueberry muffins!?”
    Your tribute to the boat pilot was marvelous and his service of saving 9 of 10 people was an incredible act of heroism. Hugs, Robin xo

    1. This puffin is one of two couples I see every year nesting in the same burrows. He lets me come up quite close. I keep talking to him – may be that helps too 🙂

  4. I love the puffin photos. They have such colourful beaks!
    That piece of purple seaweed looks very interesting too, it almost looks like a cardiovascular system 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, that piece of seaweed really looks like something different than it is 🙂 I too thought about a branch of blood vessels 🙂

  5. How wonderful….your photographs actually made me cry. 🙂 The puffin was so clear that I felt as if I could reach out and touch him. What a wonderful experience for you. (And for all of us who read your post.) Lisa

  6. Beautiful post, Inese!!! Awww – those puffins… no words needed in fact, your shots say it all 🙂 Love the raindrops – they really look like tiny diamonds adorning its feathers 😉 Glad your trip was safe and that everybody got home safely! Have a beautiful and inspiring weekend! xxxxxx ❤

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