Photographer's Note

Puffin looking out to sea, Isle of Lunga.

Lunga in the Treshnish Isles is a great place to see and photograph seabirds, with guillemots, razorbills, shags, fulmars and skuas all competing for the attention. The puffins must be everyone's favourite though, and they breed here in abundance.
These characterful birds nest in burrows along the cliff-top, which they either dig themselves or if they're feeling lazy, steal from rabbits, evicting the original inhabitants with a few swift jabs from those colourful beaks.
They are extremely tame birds, having no fear of man whatsoever. If you lie down quietly they'll happily go about their business about four or five feet away, sometimes approaching even closer to admire their reflections in the end of your lens.
As you can imagine, I took many, many photographs of these colourful birds; shots of them inspecting potential burrows, fetching nest material, squabbling with the neighbours, engaging in frequent frenzies of beak clicking to reinforce their pair bonds, the list goes on. They're always doing something interesting.
About the only shot I didn't get was one of a bird with a beakful of sand eels, arranged neatly nose to tail. They only bring in food when they have chicks to feed, and at the time of year when I was there they were still at the burrow preparation stage.
Maybe one day I'll get round to posting some of these shots on Trek Nature (if I only had more time!), but in the meantime I couldn't resist posting this one here.

Bonus shots in the worshop: Here you can see just how close you can get to the puffins, and in this one you can see a bit more of these wonderful islands where they live at this time of year.

Focal length: 150mm
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter speed: 1/1000th second
Exposure compensation: -1.0 EV

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Additional Photos by Ben WX (ben4321) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1801 W: 133 N: 2077] (9875)
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