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Atlantic Puffin - Fratercula arctica Sumburgh Head (Shetlands, Scotland). Atlantic Puffin,Fratercula arctica,Geotagged,Spring,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Atlantic Puffin - Fratercula arctica

Sumburgh Head (Shetlands, Scotland).

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  1. WHOA...perfect photo, Marta! Posted 8 months ago
  2. Such a pretty scene, wonderful. Amazing to think that the brightly coloured, patterned outer layers of those bills fall off after mating season is over. Posted 8 months ago
    1. Yes! I saw some of the puffins molting but I thought they were young ones, I did not know they all go through this process every year :-) Posted 8 months ago
  3. Adorable! Posted 8 months ago
    1. Thanks! Posted 8 months ago
  4. Just incredible. Posted 8 months ago
    1. Yes, it is a very unique place! Posted 8 months ago
  5. Today's Facebook post:

    Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica), aka Sea Parrots, are one of the most easily recognized birds across the cold waters of the North Atlantic Ocean with their colorful bills and wobbly gait!

    These charismatic birds have a surreal, cartoonish appeal. They have a short wingspan that only reaches up to 60 cm (24 in), but they have the power to flap those little wings up to 400 times per minute to reach speeds of 55 mph! As pelagic birds, they spend the majority of their lives at sea, but nest on land during breeding season. Puffins can dive as deep as 60 meters underwater and catch 10-60 fish per dive. They are able to carry so many fish simultaneously because their beaks are stretchy and have a flexible hinge. Plus, their beaks are lined with spines, which hold the multitude of fish in place. They have the perfect beaks for a feast! {Spotted in Shetland, UK by Patomarazul} #JungleDragon #atlanticpuffin #fraterculaarctica

    Posted 8 months ago
    1. Many thanks! is a pic from my husband so he is also very happy that it is being featured :-) Posted 8 months ago
      1. You're welcome! You make a good pair <3. Posted 8 months ago
        1. Thanks! <3 Posted 8 months ago

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The Atlantic Puffin is a seabird species in the auk family. It is a pelagic bird that feeds primarily by diving for fish, but also eats other sea creatures, such as squid and crustaceans. Its most obvious characteristic during the breeding season is its brightly coloured bill. Also known as the Common Puffin, it is the only puffin species which is found in the Atlantic Ocean.

Similar species: Shorebirds And Allies
Species identified by Patomarazul
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Uploaded Nov 22, 2021. Captured Jun 16, 2013 10:38 in VP3G+P5 Sumburgh, Shetland, UK.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/5.6
  • 10/16000s
  • ISO400
  • 250mm