Puffins move extremely fast and they are difficult to photograph in flight. These ones are slowing down for landing. They are each carrying a clutch of fish in their beaks. The black dots in the water are other puffins.
Hafnarhólmi is a puffin site situated in Borgarfjörður eystri's harbour.
Approximately 60% of the world’s Atlantic Puffins breed in Iceland
The Puffin's scientific name is Fratercula arctica. The name of the genus, Fratercula, literally means "little priest" or "little brother," while arctica is a reference to the species' northerly distribution. The reference to a priest echoes the bird's Icelandic nickname, prófastur (=dean). Both presumably refer to the bird's black-and-white "vestments" and upright posture. It is called lundi in Icelandic, lunde in Danish and Norwegian, lunnefågel in Swedish, Papageitaucher in German and macareux moine in French. The Puffin is probably the most common bird in Borgarfjörður eystri. An estimated 8,000-10,000 pairs breed at Hafnarhólmi and non-breeding birds also visit the colony later in the summer.
The Puffin is one of the most popular game birds in Iceland. According to the figures issued by the Environment Agency of Iceland, 64,008-232,936 Puffins were hunted annually between 1995 and 2007.
In the West Fjords on The island of Vigur young puffins are culled each year (I think the reason for the cull is to reduce the spread of burrows on the island).
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snunney (78561) 2014-06-28 2:29
Great capture this. Perfectly framed and with superb depth of field. Like the light and colours; excellent clarity. The two birds are ideally placed in the frame and in relation to one another.
emka (71998) 2014-06-28 6:12
Hi Trevor, Ah ah, puffins, the most lovely birds (after penguins). I wanted to go to Iceland to see them, but I found them in the Hebrides. Nice with fish in beaks. The look great with the wild landscape behind them.
WArm regrads MAlgo
siudzi (31591) 2014-06-28 6:51
Wow! What a fantastic moment! These flying birds look so amazing and were captured with a brilliant technique to get such a great result. The achieved scene is really special. TFS!
Tigerlily (2847) 2014-06-28 7:08
A very interesting and amusing image that I have never seen before. When i first saw the photo, I asked:" Are they real?" :-D. Excellent timing!
I don't think that I have seen the real ones, I see a lot of them on the photo,,..this one is very unique captured the life of the beautiful birds..
BTW, thank you very much for your helpful advices.
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (2168)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-06-28
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland
- Theme(s): Puffins in Iceland [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-28 2:15