Westray, one of the outer Orkney islands, is noted as a bird nesting site, especially for puffins and gannets. It’s also home to spectacular beaches and a population of seals, crabs, and other wildlife. Because of its position between the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean it has dramatic weather and skies — altogether a joy to photograph.

I have to say I got rather obsessed with visiting the puffins. While not quite tame, they’re entirely used to people (especially photographers) coming very close to themselves and their nesting burrows. I didn’t manage to get a shot of one of them bringing a beak-full of sand eels, their favourite food, back to the nest, but I think I captured their cuteness fairly well.