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Here's looking at You


Spent the day on Skomer Island with Gerald, weather was fantastic, views amazing, Puffins a delight. This just one of the many Puffin images taken.


The Puffin is the best-known of the British auks – its colourful and slightly clown-like appearance making it immediately recognisable.


The Puffin’s short wings are used for ‘flying’ underwater in search of fish; large wings would be a disadvantage but small wings make flying in air rather more difficult and the birds must beat their wings rapidly to stay aloft. The Puffin’s beak is only distinctively-coloured in summer; the large red and grey scutes or horny plates together with the fleshy yellow rosette in the corner of the mouth are grown late winter for use in display. After the breeding season they are moulted, the winter bill is relatively small and constricted at the base, and blackish in colour as is the face.


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Taken on June 22, 2011