Freelance Photographer Cambridge - Blog | 19 - The Sea Parrot

April 20, 2017
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The Sea Parrot

The robin and puffin are amongst the most popular of British birds. In the 2015 Vote National Bird Campaign organised by ornithologist David ‘Urban Birder’ Lindo the robin was voted #1 with 34% of nearly 225,000 votes. Puffins were voted Britain’s 10th most popular avian species. Now don’t get me wrong - I definitely have a soft spot for robins and ‘our’ redbreasts are as charismatic as any. They have recently taken to nipping into the garden shed before you have fully opened the door searching for bugs to eat. However, I suspect the surprisingly (for me anyway) relative low ranking of the puffin is because most people have probably never seen a ‘Sea Parrot’ up close.

This is a real shame as puffins are as captivating to watch as they are comical. Everyone is aware of the colourful bill (during the breeding season anyway) which has led to another moniker - ‘Clown of the Sea’. Nevertheless, it isn’t just appearance that makes the puffin so entertaining. Although superbly adapted to life at sea they are inherently clumsy on land, possess a bizarre range of vocal behaviours and when encountered at close-quarters in flight the beating wings sound like an army of mini-drones.

This time last year we were in the middle of a Spring geared towards watching puffins, up close and personal, on various islands up and down the British coastline. What immediately strikes you about the species is how nonplussed they are about human contact. They are certainly not tame like robins but they definitely do not shy away from people. I’m guessing this is mostly down to living in remote sea areas for most of the year as well as the highly-controlled low-density visitors allowed on protected colonies. Puffins pair for life. I count myself incredibly lucky to have been present when rafts (aka a circus or parliament) of puffins have first made landfall on various colonies (coincidentally this always happens around my birthday) therefore witnessing first-hand pairs re-establishing bonds at the start of the breeding season. You might be surprised to learn puffins don’t hold back when it comes to a disagreement! Woe betide any bird that tries to steal a burrow. I have photographed frame after frame of puffins locked in combat rolling head over heel for metres on end until they tumble off the edge of a cliff. I also have shot images of bloodied birds following territorial differences. Thankfully, injuries don’t seem to be long-lasting.

Nonetheless the species is in trouble. Puffins are International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources ‘red-listed’ due to a decline in sand-eels, their major food source, thanks to warmer seas from global warming. Tellingly I haven’t got any decent shots of a puffin with a beak crammed with eels for some years. Regrettably, due to other commitments we are not ‘on tour’ this year so I probably won’t be addressing this in 2017 although don’t be too surprised if I manage to sneak the odd shot into the bokeh photographic social media feeds.

   

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