Puffin In Paradise
An atlantic puffin at home amongst white campion on Staple Island, off the Northumberland coast, England.
Atlantic puffins, like most seabirds appear to breed with one partner for life. They spend six months of winter out at sea and return to the same nest site in April to breed. The Farne Islands are busy with over 40,000 breeding pairs by late May. While they are cute and somewhat clumsy on land they are one of the fastest birds in steady level flight and use their wings to swim on the sea bed to catch their prey.