Not that long ago, I had the good fortune to spend a week on the Northumberland coast. I noticed a sign on the harbourside advertising boat trips to the Farne Islands. These rocky outcrops were, I was assured, smothered in sea birds and I would see . . . Puffins! So I took a chance and ventured on a sea voyage. After an hour or so, we arrived at one island and stepped ashore. It was exhilirating. You progressed along rope lined walkways and the birds were literally a couple of feet away and quite unfussed by the presence of humans. What a fantastic few hours I spent there and came away with some reasonable snaps. Here are just three.