Atlantic Puffin
Fratercula arctica

f9 @ 1/640s, ISO:3200, Nikon D300S w 80-200mm @ 200mm


"Atlantic Puffin," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is a seabird species in the auk family. Also known as the Common Puffin, it is the only Puffin species to be found in the northern Atlantic Ocean. It is a pelagic bird that feeds primarily by diving for fish. It spends the winter at sea but returns to cliff top breeding colonies in the spring. Here it nests in a burrow, laying a single egg and bringing large quantities of small fish to its growing chick. Its most obvious characteristic during the breeding season is its brightly colored bill. The curious appearance of the bird, with its large colorful bill, its striking piebald plumage and waddling gait, has given rise to nicknames such as "clown of the sea" and "sea parrot". The Atlantic Puffin is the provincial bird for the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Bjargtangar, Iceland
 
06/01/2013