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Atlantic puffin (Fratercula_artica) Seen in Hermaness in the Shetland Islands (June, 2013). At that time of the year they were preparain their nesting burrows in the grass of the cliffs next to the sea. They use grass to bed their nests. Atlantic Puffin,Fratercula arctica,Geotagged,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Atlantic puffin (Fratercula_artica)

Seen in Hermaness in the Shetland Islands (June, 2013). At that time of the year they were preparain their nesting burrows in the grass of the cliffs next to the sea. They use grass to bed their nests.

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  1. Very interesting, I've never seen them on photos with this nest building behavior, looks like they have a great beak to do so :) Posted 6 years ago
  2. Thanks for the nice comment :-) What I was also impressed is that they are in reality much smaller than what I expected. They are about 30 cm so for me they were no bigger than the size of a fat pigeon. I alway imagined them bigger :-) Posted 6 years ago
  3. Many years ago I lived on Unst, I have never known anyone else to have been there! The bird life is amazing and I too recall being surprised at how small the puffins were...they are tiny! Posted 6 years ago
  4. How nice that you lived in Unst! We loved the place but also imagined that the winters must be very dark and rough in weather...We were in Saxa Vord and we liked it. It was also unforgetable that we could be bird watching at 11 pm because there was still light all night (It was June). As for the puffins we were lucky to see them in Hermaness because it was dependent on the weather. We were in the same place twice and the second time it was so windy that no puffins dared to land on the clifftops so the people that came that day did not see them there. But later we went to Sunburgh and there was many more there too. Tammie nories all over the place :-) Posted 6 years 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 Jan 17, 2016. Captured in 1 Muckleflugga Shorestation, Haroldswick, Unst, Shetland, Shetland Islands ZE2 9EQ, UK.