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Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-12-24 3:05
Viewed: 2416
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Atlantic Puffins (fratercula arctica) have penguin-like coloring but they sport a colorful beak that has led some to dub them the "sea parrot." The beak fades to a drab gray during the winter and blooms with colour again in the spring—suggesting that it may be attractive to potential mates.

These birds live most of their lives at sea, resting on the waves when not swimming. They are excellent swimmers that use their wings to stroke underwater with a flying motion. They steer with rudderlike webbed feet and can dive to depths of 200 feet (61 meters), though they usually stay underwater for only 20 or 30 seconds. Puffins typically hunt small fish like herring or sand eels.

In the air, puffins are surprisingly fleet flyers. By flapping their wings up to 400 times per minute they can reach speeds of 55 miles (88 kilometres) an hour.

Atlantic puffins land on North Atlantic seacoasts and islands to form breeding colonies each spring and summer. Iceland is the breeding home of perhaps 60 percent of the world's Atlantic puffins. The birds often select precipitous, rocky cliff tops to build their nests, which they line with feathers or grass. Females lay a single egg, and both parents take turns incubating it. When a chick hatches, its parents take turns feeding it by carrying small fish back to the nest in their relatively spacious bills. Puffin couples often reunite at the same burrow site each year. It is unclear how these birds navigate back to their home grounds. They may use visual reference points, smells, sounds, the Earth's magnetic fields—or perhaps even the stars.

Source: animals.nationalgeografic.com

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-12-24 4:42]

Hi Peter,a ot of fish in the beak,like a metaphore about what happens on te tables in Italy during the dinner of Christmas..ehehhe...great idea for the wishes postcard,A FANTASTIC portrait made with the usual top sharpness and colors.I wish you all the best me too and thanks,Luciano

Ciao Peter, great portrait of lovely bird, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, Merry Christmas to you and your family, ciao Silvio

Boa tarde Peter
Great portrait for this wonderful Christmas postcard.
My best wishes dear Friend!
José Diogo

Hello Peter

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year also for you.

Excellent portrait shot of the Atlantic Puffin with its preys,
fine POV obtaining its eye-contact with a beautiful light, TFS


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A BEAUTIFUL NEW YEAR, Peter. Excellent picture of this Atlantic Puffin with Sand Eels. Splendid color and sharpness. Thanks for sharing such detailed picture. Regards and have a nice day tomorrow - Srikumar

Hello Peter,
Hope life is good and wish a Merry Christmas and a happy New year to you in return, bro.A fitting gift-this lovely puffin with small fish in its beak- for all our TN friend.The shot is excellent though it slightly overexposed but the colours are exquisite.
Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,
warm regards/Abid

Splendid photo with famous pose of Sea Parrot. Congratulations Peter. Best wishes.

Hallo Peter
Toch nog maar een foto geplaatst
begrijp je wel, het is de laatste tijd erg slecht op TN met foto's

deze is super leuk
Jij ook met je Familie een Gezellige kerst en een gezond 2015

groet lou

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2014-12-24 12:18]

Beautiful! interesting note, too.

Merry Xmas, Peter!


Hello Peter,
Excellent image as usual.....Details, focus and composition are great. Perfect shoot taken from a interesting POV. The contrast against the blue sky is fantastic.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-12-24 20:05]

Hello Peter, and "Merry Christmas" to you also.
What a beautiful specimen who seems to be very hungry at the moment. Exceptional detail and gorgeous natural colors. It has such a uniquely shaped head and the facial features are adorable. Good eye contact and just the right exposure. Great notes!!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-12-25 10:17]

Hallo Peter,
A very good capture of this the Atlantic Puffins ..
Beautiful natural colours and a nice pose with eye contact.
Merry Christmas to you and your family,

Dear Peter,
very charming, crisp and clear presentation. An image coming with amazing details, deliciously lighted from the side, in perfect composition, with the sea parrot's exquisitely bright colours beautifully contrasted and highlighted by a distant grey background. A wonderful way to present Seasons' Greetings. Thank you, and all the best to you for a peaceful and happy New Year! With best regards,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-12-31 10:15]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful shot of this birds. Amazing colors and very nice sharpness details.
Wish for you and your family Happy New Year 2015.
Regards Jiri.

Hello Peter,
An excellent portrait of a Puffin.
Happy New Year my Friend.

OUTSTANDING CAPTURE of this puffin with it's food.Great focus to show the predator and the prey perfectly.

Hello Peter,
A fantastic photo!
Happy new year to you too! wish you all the best!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Hi Peter,
First of all happy new year to you & your loved ones. Beautiful portrait, fantastic details, colors and composition. I'm always wondering how these birds can capture so many small fishes. Excellent, powerful photo. Bravo.
Best regards, László

Prachtplaat Peter

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