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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: 2007-06-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2X, Nikkor ED 400mm 1/2.8 D
Exposure: f/4.8, 1/350 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-15 17:22
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Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) with a mouthful of Sand Eels. These are probably for Puffin Junior who will be in a burrow somewhere.

“Coulterneb”, “Sea parrot”, “Tammynorie”, a few of the nicknames attributed by humans to this fascinating comic seabird. In our limited abilities on this Earth we can ill afford to laugh at a creature that can fly thousands of miles in migration, dive to over 60 metres quickly and with ease, move at surprising speed on dry land and live to over 30 years of age!

Puffins mass in huge rafts on the sea offshore from their breeding grounds during March/early April. They gradually move to the vicinity of their burrows and perform extensive surveys coupled with tuft picking, squabbling and general business of great importance. They return to the same hole in the ground or cleft in the rock year after year, lay one egg and hatch one chick (which we rarely if ever see) during May/June. For about six weeks parents bring large quantities of neatly arranged sand eels in their beaks and after some showing off on the cliff edge, scuttle below ground to feed baby.

Second week in August and adults have had enough. Puffin Junior is virtually abandoned (recent research suggests occasional parental visits) to his or her own devices, which are of course very limited at this time. After a few days, instinct takes over telling young fat puffin that the pangs of hunger will only get worse if drastic action is not taken. And so, during the hours of darkness, Young Puffin makes a dramatic move - exits the burrow which was home and migrates in a downwards and potentially sudden-stop move to the shore many metres below.

The most incredible facet of Puffin behaviour is their tameness and, as a result, their therapeutic effect on humans, who can sit by the burrows and commune with one of nature's most fascinating, comic, unique, wild creatures, and all within a couple of metres. It has to be said though, it’s hard to know who is studying who!

Notes courtesy of turusmara.com.

Shutter 1/350
Aperture f/4.8
ISO 400


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salut michel
bonne note et interessante
belle photo avec tous les ingredients
composition ,couleurs et contraste ,piqué et bien sûr le sujet

bonne journée ;)

I Love these birds., wish to see them some day

Hi Michel,

Simpatuco puffin, excellent composition with super BG. Very good details and natural colours. Very, very good photo. Bravo. Best regards, Cezar T.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-16 5:41]

Salut Michel
Excellent portrait.La netteté et le détails sont au rendez vous.Lex couleurs sont excellentes.
Bravo Michel

Hello Michel,
Wow! This is an another perfect shot from you.
Outstanding and delicate details and wonderful exposure.
This species is also pretty new to me.
I love this shot very much!! :-)
Best wishes,

Superb photo, Michel!

amazing portait, TFS Ori

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