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Atlantic Puffin

Fratercula arctica


4 pictures of an Atlantic puffin landing on Lunga island (Scotland). The Atlantic puffin is a small palegic seabird belonging to the same family as murres and auklets. The Atlantic puffin has a black back, neck, and crown. Its belly is white and its face varies between white and light grey depending on the time of year and the age of the bird. The Atlantic puffin has a distinct bright orange wedge of a bill and during the breeding season it has more distinct coloration with yellow lines that outline a black area at the base of the bill.


Occurs in and around the north Atlantic. Disperse in winter over open ocean, reaching as far south as the Azores and Canary Islands. During summer, frequents rocky cliffs of the north Atlantic and northern Europe.

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32 Comments (1–25)

AWESOME picture!!

staccyh 9 years ago

I LOVE puffins!! Great series.

misako 9 years ago

great series!

KarenL 9 years ago

Congrats Marie-France, this comical little guy is the star of our Facebook caption contest!

Jonathan Guyot
Jonathan Guyot 9 years ago

Beautiful pictures Marie-France, very impressive !

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Wow! Fantastic séries!

Jasmine123 9 years ago

I read about this in 4 grade!

williefromwi 9 years ago

Fantastic capture of him coming in for a landing.

LaurieWinters 9 years ago

Put a smile on my face! Great photo!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago


arlanda 9 years ago


Thanks a lot every body for your nice comments.....

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Fantastic captures!

As much as I have seen this bird... I have never seen a shot like this.. Lovely!! Thanks for sharing.

LukmanSulistyo 9 years ago

Nice shot....

JillBlack 9 years ago

Amazing picture

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Wow! What a shot!

Phil_S 9 years ago

Amazing shot!

Steven Sheppard
Steven Sheppard 9 years ago

Great picture! How do people get pictures of flying birds? I can never manage it.

KarenL 9 years ago

Awesome capture!

patty 9 years ago

Beautiful bird and picture Marie-France. Greetings

Very interesting photo. Thanks for sharing.

Arun 9 years ago


DanielHernández 9 years ago


alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Coming in for a landing, like a hovercraft!

Scotland, United Kingdom

Spotted on May 21, 2010
Submitted on Jan 2, 2013

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