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Yawn - time for breakfast!

Yawn - time for breakfast!
Copyright ©2005, Jens Birch
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A Puffin (Fratercula arctica) that just came out from its nest hole after a day's sleep. The parents take turns to brood the eggs and care for the small while the other half is fishing out at sea. Here its mate has just come home and it is preparing to leave within a minute.

You can see the small hooks along the beak that prevents just caught fish from escaping. Also the toungue has a similar construction which allows the bird to catch more fish while keeping the catch of several fishes in the beak.

I took this picture at Latrabjarg in Iceland which is the largest bird cliff in the North Atlantic. More than one million birds breed along its 14 km stretch. With an average height of 75 m it means about 1 m? per bird!

Latrabjarg is one of my most incredible birding experiences! It was overwhelming! Hardly maneagable to capture the masses of birds on photograps. Even more impossible to present it in 900x 675 pixels.

For now: Enjoy this single bird while I figure out how to display the rest!


Photographer: Jens Birch
Folder: Jens' Wildlife
Uploaded: 13-Sep-2005 23:42 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E1
Exposure time: 1/400 sec
Aperture: f/8
Focal length: 200 (400mm)
Lens: Zuiko ED 50-200/2.8-3.5
Focusing method: Spot
ISO: 200
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Flash: no
Image format: SHQ
Processing applied: Just made the eye a bit clearer
Image resized to: 675x900

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Jens, what a wonderful clear shot..... Well done....regards

Bevellee Bryceson at 00:51 CEST on 14-Sep-2005 [Reply]


This is the best bird picture I have seen in a long time, well done Jens. Thamks for sharing it with us...;-)

Best regards,

Fonzy - at 11:03 CEST on 14-Sep-2005 [Reply]


Great sharpness, color and detail.
Well done. like it a lot!!!!

Fillip ter Haar at 12:48 CEST on 14-Sep-2005 [Reply]


Stunning shot, Jens!!! Couldn't believe my eyes with I saw it full size!!! Congrats!!


Jordi Delgado at 10:41 CEST on 16-Sep-2005 [Reply]


Superb, magnificant and all the superlatives I can think of and more! This has got to be the best and most detailed shot of a Puffin ever, it has always been one of my favourite birds, but I've never been in a position to see them so close.

Well done Jens, this is definately worth publishing!!!

John Larkin at 10:59 CEST on 18-Sep-2005 [Reply]

Yawn - time for breakfast!

Simply splendid - Good Show!

Leon Plympton at 00:38 CET on 17-Jan-2007 [Reply]