Seemingly shy, but actually very tolerant of entranced human admirers, an Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) peers out toward the setting sun, contemplating fish, eels, and egg tending. Their short strong wings work well for both flight and swimming. During the breeding season puffin beaks become more brightly colored. Puffins spend only a short time on land during the two month breeding season, mostly confined to rocky cliffs such as here on the Látrabjarg cliffs in northwestern Iceland. The rest of the time they live on the open ocean.
I will be away for a week in the wilds of Utah (visiting the Maze for the first time), so please forgive my absence from Flickr.