David Element

Wildlife Photography and Digital Video Images

___________________________________________________________ Birds 125 Atlantic Puffins

 

 

 

 

ATLANTIC PUFFIN Fratercula arctica

 

 

ATLANTIC PUFFIN Fratercula arctica

 

 

ATLANTIC PUFFIN Fratercula arctica

 

 

ATLANTIC PUFFIN Fratercula arctica

 

 

ATLANTIC PUFFINS Fratercula arctica

 

 

ATLANTIC PUFFIN Fratercula arctica

 

         Seeing a breeding colony of Atlantic Puffins Fratercula arctica had been a long-held ambition as the photographer had only ever seen these enchanting auks from a distance so an opportunity to photograph these and other birds inhabiting the Scottish island of Lunga for a couple of hours was gratefully accepted. The Puffins seemed to be remarkably unconcerned by the presence of humans although after numerous boat-visits they must have become very accustomed to their visitors. Photographing them proved to be very straightforward other than when they were in flight as they are fast and have unpredictable flight-paths or at least it appears that way when they are coming at you from all directions at once! Their approachability will be evident from the closeness of these (uncropped) portraits and even more so from this film of Atlantic Puffins in action: https://youtu.be/ZeSoXkrxIFM. The in-flight image was one of the few attempts that was in focus and it has been cropped as the bird was off-centre in the frame.

 

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