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Atlantic Puffin

Fratercula arctica

Description:

A small pigeon-sized bird. During the mating season they are black and white/grey with a brightly colored beak. During the rest of the year, they are duller in color.

Habitat:

Spend most of their lives in the North Atlantic out at sea. They nest in burrows on rocky coasts during the summer.

Notes:

these pictures are of puffins off the coast of Maine at Machias Seal Island. The birds were nesting on the island, and so they have their mating plumage.

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28 Comments

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

would you consider adding this to http://www.projectnoah.org/missions/1960...
thanks!

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thank you matimar

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thank you Melissa

MelissaFerguson
MelissaFerguson 6 years ago

Awesome spotting & photo's!

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thanks extremebirder. We almost missed out because of the epic downeast fog.

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thank you Elisa

extremebirder
extremebirder 6 years ago

I have Atlantic Puffin pics too, but there not as good as yours!

Elsa
Elsa 6 years ago

Beautiful!!

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thank you birdlady. I'd highly recommend the Bold Coast Charter tour in Cutler, Maine. They do a small, more intimate tour (<20 people) with a great crew.

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 6 years ago

Great spotting and photos. I think I will have to go there someday.

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thank you joan and mayra

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 6 years ago

So beautiful!!

joanbstanley
joanbstanley 6 years ago

Terrific series.

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thanks Jeannette

Jeannette
Jeannette 6 years ago

Lovely series :)

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thank you manuelap. was fortunate enough to see hundreds of these last weekend in the waters off the coast of Maine, USA by boat. In terms of the photographs, the birds did all of the work; they don't take bad photos.

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thanks matimar

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thank you Alice.

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Lovely Series!

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thanks Ismael.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 6 years ago

Wonderful series! :)

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thank you Courtney. That one is my second favorite.

bbprevas
bbprevas 6 years ago

Thank you Rob

CourtneyVerk
CourtneyVerk 6 years ago

Wonderful series. The 4th picture is incredible!

Eastport, Maine, USA

Lat: 44.50, Long: -67.09

Spotted on Aug 3, 2012
Submitted on Aug 5, 2012

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