Sunday, 12 June 2011

Puffin Fight

Its a very busy time at the moment around The Farne Islands. Puffins are coming and going with loads of sand eels in their beaks, and sometimes fights break out. I did not see any sand eels on this occasion, so I don't know what the fight was about but it is usually over females or a good nesting site. They will puff themselves up to look bigger, while opening their wings and beaks. They also stamp their feet and wrestle, this will often draw a crowd of Puffin spectators to watch the fight. On this occasion it was just me watching.
Here is some pictures blow by blow.


Birding about Northumberland said...

some fab shots, I must try and pop up for a boat trip soon, loved the one I had a few years ago and Puffins are one my favourite birds

The Farne Islands said...

Thank you. Do it soon before it's to late. The Guillemots are starting to go now. You will be ok for a while with the Puffins.