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Atlantic puffin - Lundi

Fratercula arctica


Catch of the day! The Atlantic puffin is unmistakable with its broad triangular and colored beak. Atlantic puffins can carry several fish in their beaks at one time, by pushing the fish to the back of their mouth; ridges at the top of their bill secure the fish in place. This allows puffins to keep their mouth open and catch more fish without losing any. They can hold around 10 fish in their beak at once!


Coastal cliffs and moorland surrounded by glacial black sand dunes (sandar). Part of a large colony at the Ingólfshöfði reserve:


The exact proportions of the beak vary with the age of the bird, and the bright orange bill plates develop in the spring. The fish in the puffin's beak are sand eels, an important food source for seabirds. Sand eels are the single most important food source for the majority of Icelandic seabird species. Sand eels stocks around Iceland have decreased recently, and this has been tentatively linked to climate change, increase in mackerel numbers and overfishing.

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76 Comments (1–25)

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thank you Ali!

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 8 years ago

Wow! Very beautiful;-)

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Thanks Pam!

pamsai 8 years ago

Just love your spottings, Daniele... Love the last photo - Puffin Hill!

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thanks Sarah! I'm glad you liked it.

SarahWhitt 9 years ago

I love love love Puffins!! What a FANTASTIC series!! CONGRATS!!
I soooo love your photos!! :)

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Glad you like it meesha :-)

Sew 9 years ago cute...

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Belated thanks António and AustinC!

AustinC 9 years ago

Om nom nom. Nice shot!

Gorgeous capture Daniele my friend,congrats on the SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Thank you all for your last comments!

Atul 9 years ago

AWESOME !!!!! congratulations !

Seema 9 years ago

great series

mendes.madalena 9 years ago

beautiful SOTD! love it

Sckel 9 years ago

Super. Congratulations Daniele :)

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Belated thanks for the honor Karen, and thank you everyone for your kind comments! I'll just add that Iceland is home to some of the world's largest colonies of puffins. These birds are are both strangely beautiful (they do look like cartoons!) and fun to look at. Their funny antics and maneuvers both in air and on land can entertain and fascinate observers endlessly.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Congratulations Daniel!

LuisStevens 9 years ago

Congratulations on SOTD.

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

congrats Daniele!!!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 9 years ago

congragulations! nice series daniele!

Congratulations on SOTD.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Many Many Congratulations Daniele!
Wonderful captures,

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Congratulations, Daniele!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Awesome spotting! Superb! Congrats Daniele! :)

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Spotted on Jun 24, 2013
Submitted on Aug 2, 2013

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