Atlantic Puffins, which are distinguishable by their brightly coloured beaks and black and white feathers, are a seabird that are part of the auk family. It can also be called the 'Common Puffin' and is the only species of puffin found in the Atlantic Ocean.
The species breeds in various places around the world, such as Europe, Iceland, and eastern North America. About 95% of the population that breeds in eastern North America breeds on the coastline of Newfoundland. Atlantic Puffins are the official birds of Newfoundland. This is an area that they come every year to breed together and have less of a chance of being caught by other predators or even humans. The puffin does have some predators however, such as the Great Black-backed Gull and the Great Skua.
The puffin is a colonial nester, in cliffs of burrows, and they are a monogamous species, meaning when they meet their mate, they mate for life. The males do most of the work during nesting time, and the only time they spend on land together is during nesting. This is what makes them so difficult to photograph as they are so often at sea. An occasion to photograph a puffin when it is standing so tall and still, such as in this photograph is a rare event.
Atlantic Puffins, Fratercula arctica, nesting on Bird Island just off shore from Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, Bonavista Peninsula, Bonavista Bay, Discovery Trail, Newfoundland Labrador, Newfoundland, Canada.
I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/7.1, exposure time of 1/640 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 400mm.
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