Puffins of Newfoundland

September 16, 2023  •  5 Comments

 Our group headed to Bonavista Peninsula to photograph the Puffins.   It was my first time seeing these birds.  

Puffins breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands.  These Atlantic Puffins have predominantly black or black and white plumage, a stocky build and large beak that is brightly colored during the breeding season.

In the air, the Puffins beat their wings rapidly (up to 400 times a minute) in swift flight, often flying low over the ocean's surface.

Puffins may only weigh in around 1 lb, but these carnivorous seabirds need to eat about 40 small fish per day to stay healthy.

Puffins don't mate for life like their penguin lookalikes, however they are often monogamous with the same partner over their lifetime, sometimes 20 years.  Every year, puffins return to the same nesting area and will recouple with their mate.  The  female lays a single egg and both parents take turns incubating it and raising the puffling over the summer.

Puffins have specialized beaks to help them fish.  They have denticles ( a type of serrated tooth) on their beaks, a locking tongue and a large jaw that helps them grab and hold lots of small fish crosswise.   They use their spiny tongues to pierce the fish against their denticles, making it possible to bring back an average of 10 fish per trip.  

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Comments

Jane Jamison(non-registered)
I love puffins! I think the landscape in the Shetland Islands was a more colorful background, but you got some really great shots of these delightful critters!
Tricia Matheson(non-registered)
Loved these photos. You must've had one of those giant lenses on your camera to get such sharp, close shots of these beautiful birds doing their thing. As usual, I learned a lot reading your comments. Thanks, Marsha!
James(non-registered)
You've taken some great pictures of St. John's and then the two bird blogs. Your composition is outstanding.

James
Bill Porter(non-registered)
Beautifully done
John Jennings(non-registered)
Wow, great captures. A fun subject and beautifully photographed. Thanks Marsha.
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