Machias Seal Island is a one hour boat ride from Cutler, Maine. About 20 of us took the Barbara Frost with Captain Andrew Patterson, most with cameras with huge lens in anticipation of close-up shots of puffins and other birds. It was not a sure thing that we would be able to land on the island – the rain and sea for the past three days did not allow it.
When we arrived, the sea was still too rough to chance it. Captain Andy was very clear that our safety came first. So, he took us around for another hour, near another island where we spotted seals and several different bird types. And at that point, he decided we would be able to land. Yay!
It took several trips back and forth to get all of us transferred, but there we were, at last, on the island! First, though, we were given firm instructions on how to walk up to the center. The terns lay their eggs on the grass. The terns are protecting their eggs. We need to walk on the grass. (Do you see where this is going?) We were given short sticks to hold above our heads and told “Do not stop. Do not swat at the birds. Do not go off the path. Just keep walking.” If you’ve seen Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, you’ll have an idea of what we went through! We all looked the same going to use the outhouse:
After all that, we took turns using the blinds and were able to get lots of photos, mainly puffins, but also so many others. It was great! Here are some of my sketches from my photos. Stay tuned for the puffin ones!