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Horned Puffin

Fratercula corniculata


This is one of the most comical yet enduring birds I've ever seen. This series is of one taking flight. It had almost as much trouble getting into the air as a Coot. We were warned to watch for these birds since there have been many people hit by flying Puffins while in a boat. We're told it is like someone throwing a potato at you very hard. "The yellow bill plate grows before the breeding season and is shed later. They have a small fleshy black "horn" above their eyes. They have a white face with a dark line extending from the back of the eye and red feet."


Near Gull Island in Resurrection Bay. "This species breeds on rocky islands off the coasts of Siberia, Alaska and British Columbia, in burrows, in rocky cavities or among rocks. It winters far out to sea."

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I do too, Rieko! Thank you, EnvUnlimited.

RiekoS 4 years ago

I love Puffins!

Thank you Marta, LandmarkExpert and Carol! I was so excited to see that the photo's turned out despite holding a telephoto by hand... on a boat :)

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 4 years ago

Great series Cindy!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 4 years ago

whoa, spectacular action shot!

The MnMs
The MnMs 4 years ago

Precious spotting in flight! Is also a different species from the ones I saw in Shetlands..excellent!

Thank you!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 4 years ago


Hema Shah
Hema Shah 4 years ago

lovely!! I missed seeing so many things!


Lat: 59.88, Long: -149.45

Spotted on Jul 18, 2013
Submitted on Aug 4, 2013


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