Puffins photographed on a trip to Skomer in June 2014 followimg which are shots from the Shetland islands May 2014. This was my first really close up encounter with what are always described as comical little birds. Actually they are hilarious! Flight shots are particularly tricky as litte black dots far out at sea come whizzing in to land with rapidly beating little wings struggling to keep the plump little bird on target: Often this ends with an undignified crash landing belly flop on the cliff top, followed by lots of preening and a nose rub with his/ her partner at the burrow.

Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Angel wings

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Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Portrait with sand eels

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Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Moustache of sand eels

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Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Flight with sand eels against black backdrop

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Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Extra anchovies to go

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Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Portrait with sand cliff backdrop

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Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

out of the blue into the black

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Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Landing gear down , amazed onlookers.

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Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Landing

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