Puffin, Latrabjarg West Fiords Iceland

Puffins

The end of the world, is what it felt like. If you take the very long drive across Iceland to the far north western corner of the island, through mostly bare country, with little to no vegetation you will only find a few small farms. The land doesn’t support much farming because it’s too rocky and drops straight into the North Atlantic ocean. This inhospitable location is the perfect breeding ground for the Atlantic Puffin birds. These monogamous birds spend the summer months breeding and fishing from the steep cliffs. Researchers believe they chose this location because of the scarcity of any land based predators. This aspect gives them an unusual characteristic unlike most wildlife we encounter, they are not afraid of us. It’s this relationship that allowed me to lie with them at the edge of the cliffs and wait for the right moment to show the world just what their world looks like. The ocean is over 150 feet below offering a literal sea of food that they love, such as sand eels and herring. What looks inhospitable to us, is the perfect and preferred location for the Puffin.

Created with a Hasselblad H5D 50D, 28mm lens.
Created: August, 2015
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