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Note by Torrent Chantal ctorrent

Atlantic puffin at the edge of the cliff (near Vik).
"After the breeding season, the adult puffin sheds the colourful plates on its bill and around the eyes as well as the feathers on its head and neck. Its face becomes dark, especially around and in front of the eye. The Atlantic Puffin looks so different in the winter that people once thought it was a different species. In the spring it becomes flightless for a short period while it replaces its wing and tail feathers, which have become tattered after a year’s use.
Puffins are poor fliers. They have difficulty becoming airborne and flap their wings at an amazing 300 to 400 beats per minute to maintain flight."

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