Puffins

On Monday I went into downtown Reykjavik with the hope of going on a combined whale watching and Puffin tour.  It was not possible to combine the two and the timing was such that taking two separate tours was not possible.  So since whale sightings are much more common in the Northern Iceland tha in Southern Iceland where I was I decided to take the Puffin tour.  The next two paragraphs were taken right from Wikepedia.

There is not much more I can add except that you can go to the Big Lou’s Pic’s and look at the pictures I took of these wonderful and colorful birds.

Puffins are any of three small species of alcids (auks) in the bird genus Fratercula with a brightly coloured beak during the breeding season. These are pelagic seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water. They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil. Two species, the tufted puffinand horned puffin, are found in the North Pacific Ocean, while the Atlantic puffin is found in the North Atlantic Ocean.

All puffin species have predominantly black or black and white plumage, a stocky build, and large beaks. They shed the colourful outer parts of their bills after the breeding season, leaving a smaller and duller beak. Their short wings are adapted for swimming with a flying technique under water. In the air, they beat their wings rapidly (up to 400 times per minute)[1] in swift flight, often flying low over the ocean's surface.

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