Tufted Puffins

Equipment Info
NIKON D300
145mm / f/11 / 1/500 sec. / ISO 400
State/Province/Region
Alaska
Nearest Area
Kodiak Island
Town
Kodiak
Notes

Nikon D300; Nikon Nikkol 70-200mm @ 148mm; f/11 @ 1/500 sec, ISO 400; Auto exposure; matrix metering; Auto WB

Description

The tufted puffin, also known as crested puffin (Fractercula cirrhata), is a relatively abundant medium-sized pelagic seabird in the auk family found throughout the North Pacific Ocean. It is one of three species of puffin that make up the genus Fratercula. Tufted puffins are easily identified by the yellow tufts of feathers that curl back from each side of the head. They have dark, black bodies and white faces, and they lack the big white breast of the horned puffin. They have orange feet, and their bills are red and yellow. Puffins, like many other seabirds, nest underground. They generally arrive at breeding colonies in May but arrive later in northern areas due to the lateness of spring. At rockier sites where the soil is scarce or nonexistent, puffins nest on rocky slopes or cliff faces. Both species, the more prevalent horned as well as the Tufted, lay only a single, whitish-colored egg. Most birds spend the winter far offshore in the North Pacific Ocean

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Date Added
March 1, 2020
Date Taken
January 4, 2014