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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 800, Canon EF 1.4x Extender II
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-15 3:49
Viewed: 4647
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Puffin flying from its nest to find more fish for the little ones at Bempton Cliffs nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

In: Atlantic Puffin Ca: Fraret Da: Lunde De: Papageitaucher Es: Frailecillo atlántico Fi: lunni Fr: Macareux moine It: Pulcinella di mare Nl: Papegaaiduiker No: Lunde Pt: Papagaio-do-mar Sv: Lunnefågel US: Atlantic Puffin Ru: Тупик

In summer, the colourful bill, white face and red feet make them easy to separate from the Guillemots and Razorbills. By winter the bill has shed its outer, more colourful layer so it appears smaller and duller and the face too becomes a duller smoky grey. However, the shape of the black outline to the face, is still clearly visible. In flight the lack of white both in the sides of the tail and on the trailing edge of the wing are further useful features, as is the grey underwing.

Breeds in burrows in turf on islands and cliffs. Winters at sea.

During winter this North Atlantic species disperses widely across the open sea as far south as the Azores and Canary Islands.

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Hi Pekka,

Nice action with good detail on the bird. The background adds interest. A bit of a full time job this getting food for the youngsters.


Hello Pekka, excellent shot of this puffin in-flight.
TFS and greetings,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-02-15 4:15]

Hello Pekka, great shot of this flying puffin.
TFS and G's,

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-15 4:50]

Hello Pekka
Great capture , good details and natural colors. Perfect focus too.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-15 4:55]

Hello Pekka,
Great shot of this flying puffin. It is a very sharp shot, and the colors are good. Excellent POV and composition. Well done and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

Salut Pekka,
this is a beautiful bird, well captured, in flight.
Well done

hello Pekka

excellent photography of this Puffin on his flight,
shot in the perfect timing, with fine POV and framing,
beautiful hard luminosity, i love it, excellent sharpness and details,



impressive fall
excellent vivid colors and focus
i like the background of the clif a lot

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-02-15 13:01]

Hi Pekka,
an excellent shot of this Puffin!
Very good pose.
Superb composition.
The DOF is great too.

One of your best! :-)


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-15 13:55]

Hi Pekka,

It's so nice to see this perfect in-flight shot of the adorable Puffin. He is so sharp with wonderful details and lovely colors. I love the wing positions and the concentration on his face. Excellent background and composition.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-15 23:03]

Hello Pekka,
A very fine capture of a cute little Puffin taking off from the cliff. Great focus, good details and natural colours.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Dan Gold Star Critiquer [C: 113 W: 0 N: 2] (18)
  • [2009-02-15 23:26]

Hi Pekka,

an interesting bird and gret moment in its flight. A very good photo made in difficult conditions.

Regards, Dan

Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this puffin which looks like making a dive. Excellent sharp details very good timing and lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Very good color & exposure Pekka, well composed.
I like the POV, DOF, and inflight detail, the puffin stands out well from your blurred BG too..
Nice shot! :)

Nice action captured.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2009-02-16 10:32]

Hi Pekka,
a superb and well timed in flight shot. Sharp focus and perfect DOF, letting us see some of that sea cliff and the flowers in the background. Great work as always.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-16 22:19]

Hej Pekka,
A great sharp capture of a Puffin diving down from the clifftop. I like the frozen wing position and the OOF though discernable BG.
A great action shot and TFS!

Ciao Pekka, great capture of this beautiful bird in splendid fly, wonderful colors, fine details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio


What a great catch on the Puffin in mid-air. The colors on the bird against the blurred rock behind work very well.

Nice job - bob

Hello Pekka,

What a fine shot of this Superman-like puffin!
The action has been sharply focussed and the dof isolates it well from the necessary oof b/g.

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-02-19 12:21]

what a fantastic momment

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-02-21 2:31]

merhaba pekka
good capture of this cute bird in-flight
i like dynamic composition, POV and DOF

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