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Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin
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Copyright: Stephen Emerson (Signal-Womb) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1020 W: 58 N: 2904] (11094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-13 16:59
Viewed: 3994
Points: 20
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Atlantic Puffin

The Atlantic Puffin is the most instantly recognizable and popular of all North Atlantic seabirds. It breeds in the North Atlantic and the adjacent Arctic Ocean, with strongholds in Iceland and Norway, with around 10% in Britain and Ireland, where it is the second most abundant breeding seabird.

Puffins are pelagic and we are still largely ignorant of how they spend their time away from the colony. Atlantic Puffins from north western Britain and Ireland disperse widely outside the breeding season, as far as Newfoundland in the west and the Canary Islands to the south and even into the Mediterranean as far east as Italy. In contrast, most birds from eastern Britain remain within the North Sea though in recent decades some have dispersed as far as the Bay of Biscay.

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Hi Stephen,

Excellent capture of Puffin, one of my favourites. Nice a bit out of ordinary pose, excellent composition, pin-sharp details and bright natural colours. Excellent work!



Wonderful detail of this bird in a great pose. Nice POV, and composition overall.


It looks like this one took off very shortly after you snapped this shot. I like the detail, composition and the natural setting. I've never seen this bird in person but watching pictures like this one, puts it high on my 'to-photograph' list. Wonderful job. TFS.

Best Regards,


Hi Stephen,
this is a great looking shot of this puffin with it's out stretched wings.Your colour is very good as are the pov and clear focus.I sure hope one day to have an opportunity to photo these birds myself as from the very first time I ever saw a photo of one they have captured my imagination,I love that massive bill of their's with that great colourful pattern which is what is so eye catching in this shot.Thank you for giving us this view. Bob

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-13 23:57]

Hello Stephen, excellent shot of this beautiful and cute puffin with excellent DOF, POV and composition. TFS.
Regards, Mehmet

Hello Stephen,

Beautiful picture of this Puffin. Very good timing with a nice pose of the bird. Good composition, POV, DOF and sharpness. Great light and colours.

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2008-06-14 2:58]

Hi Stephen,
magnifique image, le mouvement est saisi au bon moment. Parfaite netteté, couleurs naurelles bien restituées.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-06-14 11:31]

Hi Stephen,
really good capture of this stretching Puffin!
I love the pose!
Excellent sharpness and clarity.
Great lighting too.
Superb colours.

Very well done!


Hello Stephen,
Very nice shot with a good timing and a perfect sharpness. Best regards,

the pose is really good, and so is the sharpness and colour quality, what a great photo

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