Runaway Photo: Have You Ever Seen Puffins?

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Runaway Photo: Have You Ever Seen Puffins?

Greetings from the funniest looking bird in the world: Puffins!

I like birds. I’m even traveling with two little kiwi birds. When I decided to come to Iceland, of course, one of the top things to do on my list is to see puffins. The first evidence of puffins I saw was at the market, in a form of a meat. They actually eat puffins in Iceland, but not too common. It is more considered as a delicacy for tourists. They are seabirds, very good at diving and fishing. The biggest portion of Atlantic Puffins are living in Iceland; about 10 million. Atlantic Puffins have a bright orange beak with large feet with the same color. Naturally, they look very comical. Eyes look kind of sad and the body is small compared to the head. I wondered how cute they would be when I saw them in a real life. And I was on my way to meet them.

We were on one of the last puffin watching boats of the season because they are leaving soon. The company warned us there might not be a chance not to see them on this tour. But we decided to just try. We are here, right? When our tour guide pointed out and said “There they are!”, I thought ‘Where?’. All I saw was a pile of big white birds: seagulls. Seagulls and puffins were nesting at the same place, he said. Puffins are really small and are afraid of people. There are 10 million of them living in Iceland, but none of them come to town. We have to go to their nest to observe. We couldn’t recognize them at first because they were busy leaving the water. They were afraid of the loud engine sound from the boat. But soon it got better. Finally, they floated near the boat while we were floating. We couldn’t see them very closely though.

They fly like a bat, a bit awkward. I thought they were like penguins but actually, they were much smaller. My favorite part of the puffin watching was to see how they took off from the water. They almost ran on the water with their big-orange feet and tried really hard to flop the wings.

Greetings from the puffins of Iceland, here they are. 

Puffing Watching boat

Flying Puffin in Iceland

Flying Puffin in Iceland

Flying Puffin in Iceland Running

Flying Puffin in Iceland

Flying Puffin in Iceland taking off

Puffin in Iceland

Flying Puffin in Iceland taking off

#Puffin watching tour is provided by Happy Days in Iceland regarding a partnership with Runaway Juno. However the photos and words are created by my point of a view. Thanks to Elding for the great tour.

 

Elding Whale Watching

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

12 Comments

  1. Simon says:

    Lovely shot, Juno. Unfortunately, I never saw the puffins. too bad, indeed. For that matter, I never visited Iceland as well. Argh… you could be my daughter and you’re getting far ahead from me in travel 🙂

    • Juno says:

      Hey Simon, you can see puffins in Alaska too! 🙂 But yes, Iceland was nice. One thing off the list now! Puffins were so adorable… they were very colourful and comical. Hope you’ll get there someday soon!

  2. Stephen says:

    These little guys are tough to shoot! Nice job capturing them! And by shoot, I mean photograph!

    • Juno says:

      I got like 10 good photos among hundreds of photos I took on the boat for 2 hours. Those guys were fast! Glad I got some good ones to share.

  3. So cute! Love the adorable puffins 🙂

  4. Lala says:

    Have never seen them this close! Amazing shots.

  5. I’m so glad none of the puffins were eaten in this blog post! They are great looking birds from a photographic perspective if you can get close enough!

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  8. Paul says:

    You got some good, sharp shots — congrats. I’ve always wanted to see the puffins. We have them in Canada but I’ve never gotten out east to see them. If’m a bird lover too — check out my blog.

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