This is from a trip I did last year, out into the Firth of Forth, Scotland, the aim being to see puffins. I was a bit early for chicks (pufflings) but there were plenty of adults, bringing sand eels back for their mates. Hopefully this one did ok and helped raise a family successfully.
They disappear over winter and were always thought to go out to the North Sea. With the advent of tiny, light, tracking devices it’s recently been discovered they go into the mid Atlantic to live and feed. Hardy little things they are. It’s not clear if the Atlantic is a new winter destination, possibly the North Sea fishing isn’t so good for them just now.
This particular photo won an award from the Photographer’s Guild, I think possibly it stood out because of that apparent halo around the head, from the distant wave. I looked for that pose, puffin and background, and waited for the waves.
So, keep safe little puffin, hopefully see you back here again soon.
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