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Last Puffin tour of 2018

It was a great year for the Puffins here around Reykjavik. This year Puffins arrived really early in April and good numbers. We haven't seen much Mackerel (problem for the Puffins because they compete for the same food) in the our shores for most of the summer and we saw a lot of Puffins bringing Sandeels and Caplin to the pufflings in the nest.

Late in the season we been spot several pufflings swimming out there in our whale watching tours. Among the Puffins we have seen Black-Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Arctic Terns and Eider ducks in quantities and in almost all of our tours.

Hope next year it will be as good as 2018.

See you next year!

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Puffins meeting

An amazing morning with Puffins everywhere!! Many in the shore witch isn't so common for this time of the year. It looks like they were having meetings to plan what to do in the winter!!!! Few more days and won't be Puffins around.

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Shy puffling

Here is a puffling! nope, not the one with bright orange feet, the left one. A lot less colourful than their parents with their grey cheeks and darker, smaller bill. Soon they will all fledge, leave the island and head out to sea to live their seabird life. Fishing, swimming, bobbing on the waves. Good luck to them.

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Puffins still around

In the last two days we been seeing busy Puffins bringing small fish to their pufflings. Most of the pufflins already left they burrows and we also been seeing some of them out there in our whale watching trips. The young Puffins are quite different from their parent, with the beak and face grey and duller!

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Puffins counting down to fly away

Season is almost over, and the puffins are feeling it. The pufflings are not so little anymore, and they are starting to show some attitude to fly away. And the parents are fine with that, we are seeing them much more relaxed, hanging on the top of the cliffs, leaving behind the stress of the breeding season and looking forwards for a relaxing winter with lots of fish and trips. 

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Pufflings!!

Not many puffins on the tours today, but we did see pufflings flying around just outside the islands. The small birds went almost undetected by our passengers as they flew by as they look very different to the adults as they lack the large, multicoloured beak. 

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Puffins preparing for the winter

Many Puffins are starting to leave Iceland. They soon will be gone and they will spend the winter in the ocean between Greenland and Azores, just searching for food, sleeping and chilling!

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Puffins in the rain

 

August 3, 2018

The rain does not bother puffins, they are waterproof!

Their feathers are covered with a layer of oil that will make the water glide off of them. They keep dry and warm.

So it was a pleasure to go out and see them: We better enjoy it while it last. A few weeks from now, they will leave their breeding grounds and disappear at sea until next April.

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Nice puffin morning

This morning we had lots of puffins. Lots. They were all over the place: rafting, flying, guarding the nest... Probably after these last nice feeding days after the storm, maybe they were taking some time to relax and chill at their place, giving us the perfect view for the puffin lovers. Puffins never disappoint!

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Puffins of the storm

Nice day at the puffin islands today. We know why the little ones have chosen this place to stay. While the bay was having the remaining of the storm that we had for the past two days, our puffins were having a quiet, nice time by their place. 

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Heat wave

A harm day in Reykjavik with around 20°C but very windy. We had to cancel the whale watching trips in the afternoon and the Puffins Express tours went normally with a lot of Puffins around the three islands close to Reykjavik.

 

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Busy parents

Many puffins could be spotted with fish dangling from their bill. Getting back to happy, well fed puffling in their burrow. A sight we have to enjoy, it will not continue very long. Some pufflings are flying out already. A few weeks from now, all of them will leave the islands until the next breeding season.

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Crowd of puffins

Many puffins out on the rocks at Akurey and Engey on this 27th of July. The breeding season is n full swing for other seabird species as well. The white downy fulmar chicks wait for their parent to come back from fishing trips and feed them.

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Running the Gauntlet of Skua

Many puffins were observed flying round the islands today, often carrying a beak full of fish in order to feed their young. This did not go unnoticed by the islands other occupants however. Arctic skuas lay in wait this time of year, ready to pounce on the unsuspecting puffins that are returning to the provide a much needed meal for the pufflings. Many puffins were forced to dive in the water to escape the attacks, dropping their offspring's meal in the process to put an end to the chase.

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Pufflings are here!

We saw pufflings! Good day at the puffin islands, with the habitual set of landings, take offs, fish catches and the rest of the show we are used to. But today we also saw the little pufflings. They were having a good size already, shaking the wings vigorously  and enjoying the first glimpses of what real life looks like. They were looking healthy and nice :)

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Shy sun and happy puffins

Today was a beautiful and mostly dry day. The puffins were out at play enjoying the peaks of sun and we on the boats were enjoying it as well. Rain or shine the puffins continue on their routine. Puffins at sea, puffins on islands and puffins in the air. Is there anything more you can ask for? 

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Puffin showers

Rainy day, sunny day, rainy day, sunny day... Constance is not a virtue of our weather, but our puffins are waterproof (luckily for us, our overalls are waterproof too). So rain is not going to stop us from enjoying a wet, slippery day at the puffin islands. We saw lots of them around the rocks and the burrows, guess it was not the very best fishing day. No matter what, we saw lots of them bringing fish to the house. And this, with slippery floors, can cause falls. And we saw some puffins dramatically falling to the hard ground, leaving them confused and a little bit annoyed. But nothing that our little ones cannot overcome. 

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Perfect puffin summerhouse

Today the islands were looking like  this were the tropical waters from the south. Really nice, sunny day that allowed our little ones to enjoy the perfect sunbath right by their door. We saw them gathering together at the grass patches, fighting each other at the flat rocks and enjoying a lovely window of good weather. As we all are doing.

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Fishing puffins

Successful fishing day for the puffins, several could be seen with sandeel in their bill. Groups where flying out to the bay, looking for good fishing grounds to bring food back to their rapidly growing chicks.

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Everybody is tanning, including the birds!

Second day of sun in a row, but this is the first real summer day, with low wind and warm temperatures!

Needless to say that the boat rides themselves were already killer tours, and the puffins seemed to enjoy the weather as much as we did! They were not so much on the island, but either out fishing, or sitting on the water next to the colonies, breathing in the sun. The best thing? A lot of them had their beak full of fish! 

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