Puffins, Ingolfshöfði, Iceland
Puffins are just too cute, sorry for having more than one picture of them for now. :)
Puffins (Fratercula arctica) are quite funny birds. Despite their looks, they move funny, and we have seen more than one "crash landing" in the water. The occasionally heard "clown" attribution certainly has a reason. We have seen puffins at different places, at Flatey Island in the north, Borgarfjördur in the east, and Ingolfshöfði in the south (these were the places where we stopped). It was interesting to see the different distances when the puffins start to avoid you, at Ingolfshöfði, where this picture was taken, you could get quite close when being careful, whereas at Flatey, where the birds are regularly hunted, you had to do a lot to get even remotely close for a decent shot (which I'll post eventually).
Like the first puffin picture, this one was taken with my Sigma 70-200/2.8 (at 200mm) in conjunction with a 1.4x teleconverter. It is a full size portrait, i.e. no crop. Getting so close with a fully open aperture also renders the background niceley homogeneous.
If you are interested, feel free to check out my whole Iceland set at my homepage, or rather the current state it is in. My favorites from there will get here onto flickr. Yes, I take proposals. :)
#102 on Explore on September 04, 2009. Thank you very much!