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|Atlantic Puffin - Fratercula arctica|
The Atlantic Puffin (formerly the Common Puffin) is a small, pigeon-sized seabird which lives on the open ocean throughout the majority of the year, breeding in colonies on northern seacoasts and rocky islands from April to mid-August. Puffins lay one egg that is incubated in turn by each adult for approximately 39-43 days. The adults feed the chick fish for approximately 45 days, although that period may be considerably longer depending on the quality of the fishing resources nearby, after which time the puffling is large enough to fledge (leave) the nest.
Puffins can carry several fish back to their nest at a time. The average catch is around 10 fish per trip but the record is a whopping 62 fish at once! The puffin’s beak is specialized to hold all these fish. The puffin’s raspy tongue holds each fish against spines on the palate, while it opens its beak to catch more fish.
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What an incredible shot. The clarity, details, contrasts, vivid colors, and composition. I feel as if this puffin is about to come through my screen. Your notes are very detailed, giving me information that I had not known previously. Excellent job all the way around.
I like this picture, the bird colors...wow!
- [2007-11-16 23:43]
Excellent detail and color