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Puffins are 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 coloured beak in the breeding season. These are pelagic seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water. They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil.

All puffin species have large beaks. 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 400 times per minute) in swift flight, often flying low over the ocean’s surface. Similarities in body shape and colour between puffins and penguins are due to convergent evolution.


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  • traveller
    travellerabout 5 years ago

    Great series David, I first met up with these little guys on the Farne Islands in 1969 when I was a member of the Consett Camera Club and the “proud” owner of a Zenit B SLR!!!

  • Thanks Ian, Unfortunately, Consett no longer have a Camera Club the nearest these days is in Washington. All these images were taken on the Farne Islands over one nesting season.

    – David Lewins

  • Andrew Ness -
    Andrew Ness - ...about 5 years ago

    What a wonderful set of images. Very professionally done David.

  • Thank you for your kind comment Andrew.

    – David Lewins

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 5 years ago

    FANTASTIC !!!! wonderful work,

  • Thank you Ann, much appreciate your comments on my work.

    – David Lewins

  • Carole Stevens
    Carole Stevensalmost 5 years ago

    Oh wow they are one of my favorite birds and I cant wait to go to the farnes, this is a stunning calendar, a gorgeous series of images, each one absolutely beautiful!

  • Thank you very much Carole, pleased you like the calendar and I hope you’re going to purchase one so you will always be able to view your favorite bird. :-))

    – David Lewins

  • Mariann Rea
    Mariann Reaalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful calendar, David!

  • Thank you Mariann, pleased you like it.

    – David Lewins

  • Jens Helmstedt
    Jens Helmstedt10 months ago

    Stunning images, great collection David!

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