August 16, 2014

Shetland Islands Puffin

Photograph by Danny Green

A puffin eyes its realm at the Hermaness Reserve in Scotland's Shetland Islands. Puffins burrow near cliff edges for quick access to the sea, watching out for gulls and other seabirds that steal their food. From April to August puffins take over fog-swept cliffs at Hermaness Reserve. Many return to the same partner and burrow. What exactly a puffin does in winter remains a mystery.

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