Puffin Portrait | Joel Walley Wildlife Photography
Puffin portrait. Probably Great Britain's most charismatic and easily recognised bird. During the spring and summer, puffins (Fratercula arctica) form breeding colonies on sea cliffs around the UK, particularly along the western coast. During this time, adults develop the distinctive, bright breeding colouration to the eyes and beak as seen on the individual above. In winter this is lost and the rest of the year is spent out at sea away from the breeding colonies, with many wintering in the Bay of Biscay. Puffins are a member of the Auk family, related to razorbills and guillemots.

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