April to mid-August is breeding season for puffins. When a puffin is around 3-5 years old, it will choose a partner at sea to mate with for life.
It is thought that the birds’ colorful bills and feet, which fade in the winter and brighten in the spring, help puffins assess potential mates.
Once on land, the pairs of puffins reunite within the colony. Some pairs exhibit a special behavior known as “billing” where the two birds rub their beaks together. This often draws an excited crowd of other puffins to watch.
Látrabjarg is the westernmost point in Iceland and the largest bird cliff in Europe. Birds are lured here by the infinite rocky outcrops which, protected from the northern winds, are perfect for nesting. And humans come for the sheer spectacle of so many birds in one place.
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jhm (135822) 2014-07-24 3:49
What nice a partner for for life, maybe have to people take a example at these puffins.
I am 53 years married with the same wife!
What a lovely picture with all details of these nice water birds
Excellent composition, nice presentation, also pleasant of colours.
Very well done, TFS.
daddo (22940) 2014-07-24 4:04
Hi Trevor.A tender image of these two who are committed to each other for life. Such empathy between them and well accentuated by the meeting of beaks which seem identical for both sexes.Lovely soft light and excellent sharpness. really nice moment from the animal kingdom (of which we are also a part, something we forget in our air conditioned cars and offices.) regards. Klaudio.
williewhistler (12739) 2014-07-24 4:08
I do like the connection between the Puffins as they appear to be coying up to each other,so much nicer when they are doing something!
You have captured this pair in a lovely light with nice clear details and natural colours that also illustrates their environment,it`s a cracking piece of wildlife photography.
All the best Les.
snunney (79973) 2014-07-24 4:12
A superb close-up on this charming pair of mating birds. Ideally exposed and with excellent colours and detail.
rbassin (16444) 2014-07-24 4:50
Un gros plan bien exécuté, les deux macareux sont captés dans une position intéressantes permettant d'observer les couleurs et la végétation.
siudzi (32657) 2014-07-24 5:42
I see that you continue your excellent series of these beautiful birds! That's great because the pics are superb! This one was perfectly taken with an excellent sharpness and exposure. TFS!
timecapturer (45667) 2014-07-24 5:43
you just knew I was going to love this one. A beautiful moment and captured beautifully. Ain't Love wonderful? Though not too sure about a public performance :-).
Regards - B.
dta (63508) 2014-07-24 6:22
Hello Trevor ,
You've captured here a splendid moment here . Perfect sharpness .
SnapRJW (29386) 2014-07-25 6:43
Hi Trevor - There is something about these comical-looking birds that gives them a personality and in this lovely shot there seems to be a definite mood of romance and caring. This illustrates your note convincingly. Well timed and attractively managed, this is a fine piece of work.
emka (73829) 2014-07-26 4:05
How wonderful. Together penguins they are for me the most charming winged creatures. i was even thinking to going somewhere north, Iceland for instance to see them. Finally I found the Lunga island on Hebrides that had them. Amazing that one can be so close and they do not fear the people. Horrible to think that Icelanders eat them as I have heard. Marvelous photo, could be Valentine card. Charming.
WArm regrads MAlgo
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (2618)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-04
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Iceland
- Theme(s): Puffins in Iceland, A single day in the West Fjords [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-24 3:31