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Copyright: Mark Robson (macromania) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 20] (66)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 DSLR, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/11, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-25 13:14
Viewed: 4224
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The common name puffin describes any of three auk species (or alcids) in the bird genus Fratercula (Latin: little brother — probably a reference to their black and white plumage, which resembles monastic robes) with a brightly colored beak in the breeding season. These are pelagic seabirds that feed primarily by diving. They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil.

All three puffin species have large bills. They shed the colourful outer parts of their bills after the breeding season, leaving a smaller and duller beak. Their short wings are adapted for swimming with a flying technique under water. In the air, they beat their wings rapidly (up to 100 times per minute) in swift flight, often flying low over the ocean's surface.

The male Atlantic Puffin builds the nest and exhibits strong nest site fidelity. Both sexes of the Horned Puffin help to construct their nest. The burrows of the Atlantic and Horned Puffin are usually only about 1 metre (3 feet) deep, ending in a chamber, but the tunnel leading to a Tufted Puffin burrow may be up to 2.75 metres (9 feet) in length. The Atlantic Puffin burrow is usually lined with material such as grass, leaves and feathers but is occasionally unlined. The eggs of the Atlantic Puffin are creamy white but can be occasionally tinged in lilac.

Unlike many animals, puffins form long-term pair bonds. The female lays a single egg, and both parents incubate the egg and feed the chick. The incubating parent holds the egg against their brood patch with their wings. The chicks fledge at night. After fledging, the chicks spend the first few years of their lives at sea, returning to breed after three to seven years.

Like many auks, puffins eat both fish and zooplankton, but feed their chicks primarily with small marine fish several times a day. The puffins are distinct in their ability to hold several (sometimes over a dozen) small fishes at a time, crosswise in their bill. This allows them to take longer foraging trips, since they can come back with more energy for their chick than a bird that can only carry one fish at a time.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-25 13:18]
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Welcome friend Mark,
beautiful capture and excellent details,
beautiful pov,

Hello Mark!
Welcome to TE.
Fantastic shot - great delail, colours and nice composition, though I would opt for leaving some more space over the head of the puffin.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-25 13:37]
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Hi Mark, welcome to TN. what a good shot to start with. very good colours and fine detail. sharp focusing. with a nice POv and DOF. very well done TFS. good notes to.


Hello friend Mark,
Nice to see you in TN!
Stunning captured of this wonderful puffin with such sharpness, awesome colour and details
good work and thanks for sharing

Hola Mark.
Bienvenido a TN.
Precioso retrato y magníficos detalles de luz y color en él.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Hello Mark,

this picture is very useful for me, because of my visit to Wales. I'm looking forward to see this interesting birds you decribe so well and have made an excelent photo.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-06-25 17:01]
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Hi Mark and a warm welcome to TrekNature!

This is a splendid photo to beging your gallery with! I love the side POV here and the excellent pose of this cute puffin.
The details and close-up level are terrific and the correct exposure made sure your photo would benefit from all these charming colors.
I also aprecite your very elaborate note on the subject...it's usually something that new members don't give attention to.

Bravo for this lovely post and thanks for sharing.

It must be a great talent to keep holding the existing fish while catching some more! Obviously he can do it! Great image! The colors and clarity and background are perfect. Thanks! Reid

Hello Mark
Welcome to TN.
Great first post you are showing us here.
Although sunlight seems to have bin a bit harsh while you did take this shot, you've managed to get very good control as it comes to exposure.
There is just a small blown out spot on the left side at the lighter feather part, but that does'nt distract at all in this image.
Sharpness is excellent and the colors and soft green color tones in the background are wonderful.
Composition is very good, but I personally would like to have seen a little more space on top above the puffins head.
Nevertheless a real joy to look at.
Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards, Harry

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-06-26 14:05]
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Hi Mark

Welcome to TN! It is great to see you over here. It really is a lovely group and your shots will be a welcome addition. This really is a stunning shot. Well framed, good DOF, excellent POV and lovely colours. Wonderful subject as well



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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-26 15:34]
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Hi Rob,
those puffins sure are one of the most photogenic birds. What a lovely portrait, the details and colors are wonderful. Very well cropped and presented.
Nice seeing you here on TN I admire your shots at TL for a while.

Great work love this shot good pov and detail one of the most photogenic birds me thinks. It's good to see youre submitting shots here also tfs rgds Necip.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2007-09-06 18:14]

Hi Mark. A wonderfully sharp bird photo. Good cropping and colours . TFS. Murray.

Excellent capture and beautiful POV... Its quite amazing to see many fishes in her mouth.. Thanks a lot for sharing it..

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