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Puffin world

Puffin world
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Copyright: Michel Detay (M_Detay) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 0 N: 160] (832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2000-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F2, Nikkor 200mm F:4
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Puffins [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-05 3:30
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Some more Puffin.

The Atlantic Puffin
Range: Nests E.Maine to to Newfoundland and Iceland to Ireland, UK and nw. coast of France. Winters in open waters of breeding range.
Size: 11 1/2 - 13 1/2" long; wingspan 21-24"; weight 490.5 gr. (1 lb. 1 1/3 oz.).
Feeding habits: Dives from air or surface, swims rapidly underwater using wings like other alcids, catches small fishes, mollusks, and crustaceans, which it swallows underwater, but when feeding young, can carry up to 30 small fishes at one time, crosswise in bill owing to round tongue and slight serrations on interior of upper mandible which help it hold fishes.
Other names: Common puffin, bottle-nose, coulterneb, Labrador auk, large-billed puffin, pope, sea parrot, tammy norie.
Nesting habits: Nests in burrows, usually 1 egg, incubates 42 days (average).

The Atlantic Puffin is a rather small sea bird that spends most of its time at sea in the North Atlantic Ocean. They are Auks or members of the Alcidae Family of birds (alcids). The only time it usually comes ashore is to breed and raise a chick.

These are the only puffins that occur in the Atlantic. There are two species of puffins that occur in the Pacific - Horned Puffins and Tufted Puffins. They are so appealing probably because of the multi-colored bills that they display during the breeding season and have given them nicknames like "sea parrot" and "clowns of the sea". Puffins have always been liked by people but, for a long time, for reasons other than bird watching. When the early pioneers came to the North Atlantic coast in the 1600's, they began killing seabirds for food. As more settlers came to New England, puffins (and many other birds) were killed for their feathers. These feathers were used often as decorations in ladies' hats! Puffins have long been hunted in some parts of their range and are a common food item in Iceland and the Faeroe Islands today.

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Hi Michel,
winning pose, perfect details, fine colours.
Very good contribution.
Thank you, and regards,

Well framed and captured, they look like they are enjoying the view.

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2006-03-05 4:28]
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Hello Michel,
They are really posing for you, nice colours nice POV, really cute. TFS

Hi Eetay, excelent photo, cleare and wonderfu coloures.

Wow, so pretty compo, wonderful colours, POV! They looking like real photomodels! :-)
TFS and best wishes,

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-05 9:56]

Bonjour Detay!

Belle composition,les couleurs sont justes et l'éclairage fait bien ressortir les détails du plumage.

Félicitations et merci.


What a pretty pair!
Your note provides a good insight into the life of these wonderful creatures.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-03-05 11:15]

Hello Michel ,A Very nice picture from this duo ,good sharpnes colours dof pov and compositie , very good ,Greeting Teunie .

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-05 12:24]

I love these puffins, Michel.
Great pose with them standing so proudly and looking into the horizon.
Sharp details and excellent exposure despite the bright sun.
Beautiful birds. TFS. : )

Hi Detay

Lovely detail shown here. Good POV, light and colours. Nice work. TFS.

Hi Detay,
the details and exposure are spot on.
Good composition, great POV and pose.
Excellent work.

Hi Detay,
I am glad to see you post more puffin images!
This one is really great - the composition is just so beautiful!
TFS - Shir

cute puffins well captured in great colours,good sharpness and good POV.
thank you for sharing.

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  • Scott Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 225 W: 0 N: 356] (1752)
  • [2006-04-09 15:22]

Sharp, good white balance, beautiful birds, TFS


great pic, TFS Ori

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