2018 UK Puffins & More Photo Adventure with Denise Ippolito
June 25 through July 2, 2018: $4999, 7 nights. Limit 6 photographers
Newly added Bass Rock Landing!
This UK trip offers unparalleled opportunities to photograph Atlantic Puffin, Common Murre, Razorbill, Shag, and Gannet. As well as Arctic, Sandwich, and Common Terns. On one of the islands that we stop at Arctic Tern chicks line the pathway. Black-headed, Lesser-Black-backed, and Herring Gulls are constantly harassing the Puffins trying to grab their fish that they bring in by the mouthfuls. This makes for some great photography. But don’t worry the Puffins are quick to slide into their burrows. Every once in awhile you will see a young Puffin peek out from a burrow. One year we had a young Puffin swimming in a shallow pond at arms length! The photography is off the charts on this adventure. I will set you up in the right spots to capture the Puffins flying in loaded with fish hanging from their bills. Up close head shots are a dime a dozen on this trip. There will be nesting Black-legged Kittiwake with chicks on the cliffs.
There are two different landings each day for our scheduled Puffin days with a Bass Rock landing and chumming boat trip. We will be able to spend lots of time walking around the islands where the Puffins and other birds are all nesting. Many different behavior shots and flight shots are there for the taking. It is a fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in their world. I have photographed Puffins at other locations and believe me nothing compares to the overwhelming numbers and close proximity that you will experience on this trip. I will work hard to get you in the right spots and to alert you when a good situation arises. I’ll help you with your gear and lens selection for each landing and go over key points before each outing so that you can optimize your time in the field.
*This schedule is subject to local conditions and weather.
We will be staying in upscale country-side cottages that are equipped with full kitchens and living rooms as well as private baths. The large living spaces will allow us ample space for informal image sharing and Photoshop sessions. Price is based on double occupancy/ shared room with private bath.
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included. All 5 puffin boat excursions and National Trust fees as well as a possible gannet boat excursion are included. All dinners will be in local restaurants or take out and lunches will be packed lunches as we will need to eat them while we are out in the field. All ground transportation including group transfers to and from the airport are included. We will need to coordinate our flight times.
Alcoholic beverages, desserts, personal items such as laundry detergent, etc.. Round trip airfare to Edinburgh.
A non-refundable $2,000/person deposit check now to save a spot. Please be sure to check your schedule carefully before committing to the trip. I also urge you to purchase travel insurance. Your balance will be due on April 1, 2018. Please make your check out to “Denise Ippolito” If I do not receive your check for the balance on or before the due date I will try to fill your spot from the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your balance. This trip needs a minimum of 6 to go Please do not purchase your airfare until I confirm the trip.email me for more information or to reserve your spot.
Single Supplement Deposit Info
Single supplement rooms are available on a limited basis. To ensure yours, please register early. The single supplement fee is $1100. If you would like your own room, please request it when making your deposit and include payment in full for the single supplement; your single supplement deposit check should be for $3,100. As I will need to commit to renting the extra space, single supplement deposits are non-refundable so please be sure that check your schedule carefully before committing to the trip and see the travel insurance info below.