About the wildlife
Skomer Island is a nature reserve off the coast of Wales, Pembrokeshire and is renowned for its large Atlantic puffin and Manx shearwater colonies.
Weighing in at an average of only 500 grams, puffins are quick and agile seabirds. However, they are more suited to diving than flying as they have to beat their wings up to 400 times a minute to stay in flight, but once airborne they can reach speeds of up to 55mph.
Puffins migrate to cliffs in the spring and summer months to breed in underground burrows. They position themselves close to the sea so that they can make regular fishing trips to feed their offspring.
About the photographer
Becky Bunce is an award-winning wildlife photographer based in Berkshire, who, at the age of 19, has over 7 years’ experience photographing wildlife. She is a self-taught photographer with a strong passion for wildlife and conservation.
She has a particular interest and knowledge in birds, but has a particular affinity for puffins, red kites, kestrels and more. Becky’s greatest achievement to date is winning the Young Photographer category in the British Wildlife Photography Award 2016 for her picture ‘Kung Fu Puffin’, which is featured above.
To view the images as a slideshow, click on the arrows in the top right hand corner of the photos below.