Bird of Joy

Nature & Wildlife, Scotland

The Atlantic Puffin is doubtless one of the most adored seabirds in the world. Clown-faced with a body of black and white the cute birds only spend time on land while breading, which is from late April to early August. After their chicks have learned to fly and how to catch fish on their own, puffins simply vanish for months into the North Atlantic just to return a year later, often to the same partner and burrow. What Puffins are doing during wintertime is a mystery.



2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5589A Puffin picks up blade of grass to line its burrow.

2016_Scotland-5979Puffins often wait nearby their burrows before returning back with sand-eels in their mouth to watch out for gulls and other seabirds that may steal their food.

2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5899.jpgAtlantic Puffins catch up to a dozen fish or more, mostly sand-eels, to bring a meal for their chicks. 

2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5609Puffins rub their beaks to show other seabirds they are a brace. 

2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5556.jpgPuffins burrow near cliffs for an easy access to the sea.


2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5655.jpgA puffin brace with their chick which has not yet the significant large orange beak.

2016_Shetland_MichaelBiach_Puffins-5832.jpgAn Atlantic Puffin exits its burrow near the open sea. Burrows are several feet deep to keep eggs or chicks safe.


More information on the Atlantic Puffin on National Geographic.