Full of stunning photography and engaging text, this gorgeous and entertaining book about the birds and marine mammals of the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast is perfect for anyone who has even a passing interest in wildlife or photography. The ideal companion for a trip to the Farne Islands or for relaxing with afterwards over a cuppa or a pint, the book also has professional photography tips and behind-the-scenes descriptions in addition to well researched information about the wildlife.
Kaleel is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer and African photography safari leader based in Newcastle, UK, not far from the Farne Islands in Northumberland. He spent seven years building up an impressive library of images and information for the book. The result is a skilfully crafted, beautifully designed book that will whisk you away to a wildlife paradise, even if you have no intention of visiting the Farnes.
“As you step gingerly from the heaving boat on to the stone steps of Staple Island, it strikes you just how close the puffins, shags and kittiwakes are, their contrasting colours alive on the rocks in front of you.
But before this, what has already smacked you right in the nostrils is the stench. ‘Pungent’ is not adequate to describe the onslaught! Although if you like your seabirds, as I do, it’s not actually an unpleasant smell. It reeks of life in rude health on this rocky sea-bird paradise in the North Sea. The islands are full of surprises and unforgettable close encounter experiences; anyone who has been attacked about the head by an irate nesting Arctic tern will know what I mean!
For me, the islands have been a late discovery since I became a professional photographer. My real passion is wildlife photography and I still can’t believe it took me so long to visit such an important place right on my doorstep. I thought I would have a go at documenting this amazing place to make up for lost time.
I hope you enjoy reading the book as much as I’ve enjoyed making it.