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Bird watching is slowly becoming my new hobby. I don’t think I ever want to develop it into a passion but it is a very pleasurable pastime. I have been in some premier bird watching spots before but completely unaware of this aspect. Among more serious places dedicated to bird watching which I visited just to see birds the first was Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland. That was with the purpose of watching puffins. I have uploaded two pictures of puffins taken there (click here to see them). This year after moving to England I have consulted RSPB website, where is the best place to see puffins, and their website named Bempton Cliffs as the best place to watch them. I have presented recently of photo of gannets taken at that location. Bempton Cliffs are indeed a fantastic place to visit and the number of birds is incredible however the birds are quite far and without really good telescope you cannot see them well. Later on encouraged by my colleagues I took a trip to Farne Islands. It was not mentioned by RSPB website simply because it is managed by a competitive organization (National Trust). There is a variety of tours which you could take there. Boats operate from Seahouses (click here for more details). Bird watching enthusiasts can take on a full day trip to the islands. With a small baby we had to select one tour only. It happened to be the boat trip to Inner Farne which was a great choice as this is the only island which has wooden paths to some spectacular bird watching spots. The boat made first a round trip between the islands getting really close to the bird-covered rocks. Except for puffins there were plenty of guillemots, razorbills, cormorants etc. Participants of this tour had then an hour on the island. A great attraction were Arctic Terns who nested just along the path. They were very anxious and they were constantly attacking people passing among the nests. We were pecked many times and we felt just like in the Hitchcock movie. The viewing spots were spectacular and I got much better photos of puffins now but TrekEarth is supposed to be more about places than about birds so no close ups this time :) It is really worth to visit if you are passing this area in the future. I have visited some other places since, have some bird feeders in my garden, and some funny stories to tell but I keep them for the next occasion.

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