Puffins on the Farne islands
Some puffins or Fratercula arctica on the Farne islands off the coast of Northumberland, England. Some nicknames for them are 'clown of the sea' and 'sea parrot'.They have a brightly colored beak during the breeding season. They are seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water.
© 2014 Frans Sellies
Penguin breeding colony research
Penguin breeding colony research, with researchers and photographers in the background. Located at St Andrews Bay, this is the largest breeding colony of king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) on South Georgia. Recording tags attached to fledging juveniles transmit data by satellite. Studies here and at other king penguin colonies reveal the foraging patterns of these birds. This penguin is found in Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions. It is a social animal, living and breeding in large colonies of thousands of individuals.
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Atlantic puffin with sand eels in its bill. Atlantic puffins (Fratercula arctica) feed primarily on fish and breed on the coasts of northern Europe, the Faroe Islands, Iceland and eastern North America, although it spends the winter months at sea. They grow to 34 centimetres high and have distinctive orange bill plates, which are shed after breeding. Photographed in the Wick, Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK, in July.
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