Wildlife of the Farne Islands 2nd Edition eBook

Wildlife of the Farne Islands 2nd Edition eBook


Part extensive guide book to the Farne Islands wildlife, part gorgeous coffee table book for the sea-bird and marine mammal aficionado, this book has something for everyone interested in wildlife, whether they’ve been to the Islands or not.

It’s chock full of photos and contains useful biological information on each of the species, not least when each species is actually present at the Farnes. Not only that, but there is a section on photography tips that will help you get the best out of your visit.

Fully updated version with 200 extra pages of new photographs, species accounts, information and photography tips!

  • Seven years in the making
  • Hundreds of beautiful new photos
  • Useful biological information on each species
  • New species accounts: bottlenose dolphin, roseate tern, rock pipit and oystercatcher
  • Expanded photography tips section
  • A little on the geology of the Farnes
  • Completely reformatted as an eBook – download to your phone, tablet or computer and always have it with you

If you’d prefer a paperback, rather than an eBook, you can order the first edition of the book here.


This 2nd edition is an eBook, which you can download to your computer, tablet or phone. The 1st edition of the book was a physical book and is also still available.

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.


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eBook – download to your phone, tablet, computer




May 2015


  1. Outdoor Photography magazine’s Jemima Greaves said:

    “This book is informative, interesting, and beautifully illustrated. Kaleel Zibe is both a photographer and a wildlife expert and he knows how to achieve the balance between the two. Within the pages of Zibe’s handy, kitbag-sized offering you’ll find detailed information on the birds of the Farne Islands, as well as a slightly shorter chapter covering the grey seal. There are also tips on how to reach the islands, and a section of photographic advice.

    What really makes this book, though, are the images. From stunning shots of terns in flight to baby cormorants and inquisitive seals, they bring the facts to life and provide a real inspiration to get out there to experience nature at its best.”

  2. Ian F. of Bird Forum gave the book 9/10 and said:

    Described as being a guide to all the major breeding species on the Farne Islands and that is exactly what it is.

    It is written by and illustrated with photographs by Kaleel Zibe. From the easy to read style and content he is obviously well acquainted with the wildlife found on the islands. He gives pocket descriptions of each species including some interesting facts gained from his own observations. Population numbers are included as are arrival and departure times and on which island each species can be seen. The book is illustrated by numerous stunning photos many of which are close encounters. There is also a chapter devoted to the Grey Seal.

    Kaleel includes some useful information for anyone considering visiting the Farne Islands including how to get there contact details for boat trips.

    Kaleel has also included a useful section on professional photography tips on how to take better photos plus a section on a ‘behind-the-scenes’ explanation of how many of the photographs illustrating the book were taken, including camera settings.

    All in all the book makes for an excellent guide for anyone who is thinking of visiting the Farne Islands or indeed as a memento for anyone who has already been.

  3. Various reviews on Amazon:

    • A truly inspiring book with excellent photography and text throughout. A great guide for anybody planning to visit the islands.
    • I bought this book before a trip to Northumberland, not really expecting too much, but I found it to be a really great choice. The photographs are superb, and the hints and tips at the back are nicely written to be informative and friendly in tone. I found I was able to improve my own photography, although not to the level of those in this book. The tone of the book is really enthusiastic, chatty and irreverent, and provides a friendly and well-informed guide to the fauna of the islands. The tone is nicely balanced, providing plenty of helpful information, but the author’s personality shines through. I got the feeling that it was a lot of fun to write this book, and it was certainly a lot of fun to read and re-read it.
    • Beautiful book with amazing photographs from the Farne Islands. A good buy for anyone who has visited and wants some happy memories!
    • Lovely photos and informative write-ups. I have to know about these bird for my work, so bought this to add to my collection of books I need for information purposes.
    • Kaleel Zibe’s book is a fantastic companion for visiting this amazing wildlife location on the Northumberland coastline. All of the major bird species which pack out the rocky islands of the Farnes plus the population of seals are written about in a fantastic and easily readable handbook with beautiful illustrations which aid the identification of all that is to be seen. I highly recommend making room in the camera bag for this fact filled book!
    • Great book of photos. Often visit the Farne Islands and this book spot on. If you like wild life a must.
    • As an amateur photographer who has visited the Farnes on several occasions I was very impressed with this book. There are excellent photographs with commentary to match. The book serves as useful text for those visiting the islands and as a photographic standard to aspire to.

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