April 30, 2014

Atlantic Puffin, Shetland Islands

Photograph by Jack Breadmore

An Atlantic puffin returns to its summer nesting site in Scotland's Shetland Islands after feeding at sea during the day. The puffin takes on vivid bill colors and facial embellishments during its spring and summer breeding season, the only time of year this northern seabird visits land.

This photo was submitted to the 2014 Traveler Photo Contest. See galleries of the best photo entries so far >>

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