Atlantic Puffins: These Puffins are not just looking up in casual interest. A landing Puffin does not have much control. They tend to overshoot, crash into other birds, or just crash into the side of a rock. Their small wings are a compromise between flying through the air and flying under water. Because of their small wings they have to fly fast to get lift, so when they come in for a landing they use every available part of their body to slow down, including their feet.

Machias Seal Island, NB, Canada

Canon 28-105mm F3.5-5.6 lens, Velvia Slide Film
Code: 199832s05

Copyright 2001 William H. Scholtz.
Last revised: Feb 23, 2001