Return to Iceland: Puffins are the Best!

Atlantic Puffin's Colorful Face

Atlantic Puffin’s Colorful Face

Puffin Nesting Cliff

Puffin Nesting Cliff

Puffins by Nesting Burrows

Puffins by Nesting Burrows

Puffin Profile

Puffin Profile

Puffin Pair

Puffin Pair

The Little Puffling Children's Book

The Little Puffling Children’s Book

We recently visited Iceland in June.  All Iceland photos (including those from another trip two years ago) are at https://naturetime.wordpress.com/category/travel-2/iceland/

Iceland is a nature photographer’s paradise!  The country is famous for its seabirds.  Most of the world’s Atlantic puffins nest there, totaling 8-10 million birds.  We photographed these puffins at the Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar), which is home to half of them. 

Atlantic puffins are nicknamed “sea parrot” or “clown of the sea” for their bright colors.  Pairs dig nesting burrows and lay one egg per year.  Pufflings fledge in August, and sometimes get confused by street lights.  When that happens, children of Heimaey (Westman Islands) go on patrol to rescue them.  Pufflings are then released to safety from cliffs nearby. 

Puffins are a real favorite of ours and great fun to watch!  More info about puffins is at:  http://projectpuffin.audubon.org/birds/puffin-faqs  Here in the United States you can watch a live cam in summer of Atlantic puffins in Maine at:  http://explore.org/live-cams/player/puffin-burrow-cam

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

2 Responses to Return to Iceland: Puffins are the Best!

  1. They always look like they are having so much fun!

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