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Barbara Hostetler

Saltee Island Great, Wexford, Ireland

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This photograph of an Atlantic Puffin was taken on the southern facing cliff of the Great Saltee Island ( located off the coast of Kilmore Quay, Ireland) in June of 2014. I happened to be fortunate enough to be one of the 10 permitted on the island that day.
Of note; Atlantic Puffins diet consists almost solely of fish, but it is found to occasionally eat shrimp, mollusks, and other crustaceans, and thus would be considered a bird of prey.
Unknown if male or female, this mature bird appeared to be nesting and had a burrow that it was tending to, just beyond the right hand frame of this picture. The bird itself was perpendicular to my location, and about 25 feet down cliff side.
The natural oily sheen of the wings from its’ preen gland is apparent in the photograph of this beautiful seabird.
I was able to observe and photograph this bird for a good half hour midday, until it returned to its burrow. I have to say, it was quite a joy to watch this remarkable bird, and hope to see one again this year when I visit.

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Atlantic Puffin Basks In The Afternoon Sun!

Warming up in the midday Sun!

6 replies on “Atlantic Puffin basks in the afternoon sun!”

Jack O'Neal says:

Pretty little guy.

Liz P says:

Beautiful capture!

John Proteus says:

Great Picture.. Good luck in the Contest!

Robert Grimes says:

Great Picture indeed!

Pat Moore says:

I hope you see him again, Barbara. Thank you for sharing your picture.

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