In this windy day we could spot big flocks of Puffins in Akurey and Engey. Curious to see loads of Puffins hanging out on the rocks in the west side of Akurey witch isn't very usual to see.
Luckily for us, seabirds do not mind rain at all. Their feathers are waterproof and they were happily flying about and bobbing on the water, enjoying this lovely Icelandic summer day. So did we, wet but happy to see so much wildlife close by Reykjavik.
Very lucky day for puffin watchers: good light and many individuals close to the islands. Their clumsy flight does not cease to cheer up our day and bring us smiles. They must think the same if they ever see us diving...
The poor weather seemed to keep the puffins at the islands as plenty of the little black and white birds were seen whizzing overhead, floating on the water and waddling around on land. A great day of birdwatching with nice photo opportunities.
Today was another quiet day in our islands. Our little friends were close to their breeding places all day long. But that was not everything our islands were having to offer. As we were approaching Lundey during the afternoon tour we were lucky enough to spot a grey seal in between the rocks. Not enough with this extra sighting, some harbour porpoises crossed our way. Quite an interesting day for our visitors and us.
Quiet and rainy day at our puffin islands. The day went without sunshine or any trace of summer, but that was not going to be an impediment to our visitors to witness some tranquil, peaceful puffins rafting and flying around our favourite islands to spot our little friends
Not many puffins could be seen close to their burrows today. Probably busy incubating their egg inside or offshore, fishing. Not to worry, you can always count on a few to hang out in rafts close to the islands. Always a pleasure to see them fly low with that characteristic fast beating flapping.
Hard to get airborne when your wingspan is only twice your body size. On quiet days with no wind, it takes a long run on the water or a good jump from the cliff, Not many puffins flying around, but still a fair few to be seen chilling on the water surface or walking on the colonies.
Another day of puffin watching proved to very nice, particularly in the morning and early afternoon. The morning tour had many puffins rafting on the waters surface which all decided to take flight at once, flying towards our RIB within a few metres!
Today our little friends were like the weather, calm and quiet. We were seeing them in not really high numbers (we saw a lot of them in the open ocean though), but nice weather conditions and flat, mirror like sea were making the day perfect, even with not so many puffins around the islands.
On quiet days like this, most puffins go out to sea to fish. Fortunately some individuals stick around the island to incubate their egg. Enjoying the sun as much as us on this bright Monday in Reykjavik.
Great sea conditions around the islands today, but the weather however, well that's another story. A very cold fog swept in enshrouded the puffins in mist in the afternoon. The puffins persevered the cold and wet and emerged once again to enjoy the blue skies. Hopefully soon, we'll start to see some new hatchlings at the nest site.
The good thing about seabirds is that they do not mind getting wet.
The day was rather grey with a few showers but puffins were out of their burrows. A lot of them bobbing on the water, rafting. Always funny to watch them take off with a running start on the water.
Great day for puffin watching. Of course it is always nice to see them from the RIB boat. But it is even more enjoyable on a calm sea and with the sun shining. Some individual seemed to enjoy the sun as well, staying for a long time on the cliff edge before they took off towards the ocean.
Puffins, cloudy skies and calm seas. Our puffin islands were having mirror looking oceans, if you count on the fact that those mirror was packed with lots of small puffins swimming on their surface. They had been all day long flying around their breeding grounds in vast numbers. Good day for puffin lover visitors
Today was a calm day in the puffin islands. Specially during the morning, we could see our little friends rafting around in numbers close to Akurey and Engey, not being really concerned about what was happening around. Maybe they needed some rest after several stormy days. Everybody needs a break from time to time, specially if you are a small puffin in the middle of a storm.
Unfortunately, the wind was so strong today that all puffin tours had to be cancelled. Not to worry, the forecast looks good for tomorrow. Here is hoping for some nice puffin observations.
Great weather today for spotting puffins. The puffins were out and about in good numbers again today, basking in the rare sunshine as of late. On the way out many puffins were seen on the water sitting together in small groups whilst the puffins that stood on the rock at Engey were everyone's favourites as they posed nicely for photographs.
In this morning we went out with almost no wind and no rain witch is quite an improvement for the last days. We had really nice and interested guests on board of our boat Þruma III. Has usual we spot Puffins in good numbers in island of Akurey. In the north side of Engey island there was a big flock of Puffins in the sea and we could see some in their burrows in the south part of the island. We also saw curious Fulmars close to the boat and also some Common Eiders.
In the last days the sea has been a bit rough and we spot more Puffins close to the colonies in Akurey and Engey islands. Today with better see conditions there were less Puffins in the colonies, probably foraging but still in good numbers. We could appreciate the silence close to islands just hearing the Fulmars calling from their nests. We also saw big flocks of Eider ducks, some Black Guillemots, Brent Geese and Arctic Terns.