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Darn are those Puffins hard to catch in-flight. I've shot about 50 frames to end up with 3 usuable shots, this is one of them. While it has a bit of a hapless framing, it very well symbolises how I felt that day. :-)

The most famous place on Iceland for photographing Puffins are the cliffs of Lįtrabjarg in the Westfjords. However most stories from there are about shy birds and long lenses.

There's a lesser known but much more convinient place to observe these fascinating birds close-up. Hafnarholm, a tiny harbour east of Bakkagerši (also known as Borgarfjöršur Eystri, 70km on minor but spectacular roads from Egilsstašir), has a few headlands teaming with Puffins. A wooden walkway lets you stroll in the middle of the colony, birds more curious than frightened.

Whereas catching Puffins in flight is still hard (or even harder as they whiz by within a few meters), you'll be able to capture the "Puffin sitting in green grass" postcards within 5 minutes with even the lowliest point-and-shoot camera.

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