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Atlantic Puffin #5 With Fish

Atlantic Puffin #5 With Fish

This image was awarded Best Nature Photograph of the Year in southeast Michigan by the Greater Detroit Council of
Camera Clubs on January 22, 2011.

From my gallery "Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, Newfoundland"

Atlantic puffins feed primarily by diving for small fish, such as herring, sand eels, sprats, hake, and capelin but also
eat other sea creatures, such as squid and crustaceans. They are able to dive 200 feet deep and stay under
water for up to a minute, although most dives last 20-30 seconds. They use their tongues to hold the
fish against spines in their palate, leaving their beaks free to open and catch more fish.

When puffins are just feeding themselves, they tend to swallow the fish they catch while still underwater. When a
chick hatches, its parents take turns feeding it by carrying up to 30 small fish back to the burrow.
The average catch is 10 fish per trip, but the Audubon Society reports a record in Maine of
62 at once!

Nikon D300 ,Nikkor 300mm f/4 ED-IF AF-S
1/400s f/8.0 at 600.0mm iso400 with Nikon TC20EII teleconverter full exif

other sizes: small medium original
Mark Chambers ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE314-Sep-2016 21:14
A perfect image. V
Carl H. Johnson10-Aug-2016 10:12
Remarkable and exquisite details, Jay!!!~V~
M Paula Neumann04-Aug-2016 19:31
That is a spectacular shot. The clarity, detail and colors are superb. I can see why this won an award. V
Rob de Heer30-Jul-2016 05:25
Fantastic shot..V
Sam Rua03-May-2016 02:42
Wow. Fantastic capture. Nicely done all around (which explains the award). Congrats.
Stephanie02-Apr-2016 12:57
This is a gorgeous capture of a Puffin Jay! I'm hoping to photograph them off the Brittany coast in a couple weeks. It will be the first time I've ever seen one before! Hopefully my 400mm lens will be long enough.... V
Karen Moen21-Jan-2015 12:51
Gorgeous color and sharp detail. I always wonder how they line up those fish... without using hands! Voted.
Ellen Michaels06-Jun-2013 00:18
Outstanding image! V
ChristinTroeger25-Jan-2013 11:02
Terrific capture!!!
Tamara30-Dec-2012 12:13
Incredible detail, just magnificent!
monica memoli29-Dec-2012 12:12
Wow!!! What a catch! v
Georgia Roessler15-Dec-2012 17:31
This is really breathtaking!
Superb image!!
Yiannis Pavlis07-Dec-2012 05:18
Fantastic Jay!!!! I was under the impression they only live in Iceland .
MarcViskens25-Aug-2012 07:42
very nice shot
beautiful details and colours
well done
godro11-Aug-2012 13:10
Nice close-up bravo!!!
Marc Demoulin16-May-2012 19:22
Superb and so sharp!!
XiaoBernard9922-Oct-2011 13:56
Extraordinary capture.Well merited your Award JAY.Congratulations.
MarcViskens21-Oct-2011 20:15
excellent shot
great details and colours: love it
Marcos García05-Sep-2011 10:58
marko gregoric22-Jun-2011 12:28
Fantastic portrait. BV
Janet Forjan-Freedman05-Mar-2011 22:04
Congratulations! Very well deserved recognition for this outstanding capture!
coaster08-Feb-2011 14:53
Incredible shot, Jay!
Maciej Chachulski01-Feb-2011 16:48
I like this photograph much !
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)28-Jan-2011 21:21
Remarkable image!!!! V+
Nora van Beek27-Jan-2011 23:24
Amazing detail and razor sharp! I would not have thought you could get such a great image with this lens and the 2X teleconverter. Excellent work!
Dave Hawkins26-Jan-2011 02:51
a perfect capture, can't get much better than this one
Isabel Cutler25-Jan-2011 12:56
I believe I remember seeing this image before - could it have been on Flickr? FANTASITC. Not only one fish in the beak but a whole bunch!
Ton, Ben & Rob Nagtegaal25-Feb-2010 12:38
Absolutely stunning shot Jay, amazing detail!! V
Petter Hamnes01-Nov-2009 22:29
This is a winner! Beautiful close up.
Lisa23-Oct-2009 14:52
Excellent, Jay! What a perfect combo...YOU, the D300 and the 300 f4.
René Lortie20-Oct-2009 16:38
Perfect portrait of the puffin.
I plan to visit this place next summer. Thanks for the info.
Wojciech Zwierzynski16-Oct-2009 17:59
Great shot, what a sharpness!!!!V
GeneWard10-Oct-2009 01:43
words fail me. VVV!
Milan Vogrin08-Oct-2009 18:57
Great portrait!V!
Yves Rubin07-Oct-2009 16:59
Puffins are always such a delight to look at, superb portrait! You must have had an incredible trip. V!
Andre Fontaine06-Oct-2009 01:13
wow! la pose est incroyable !
Dave Hawkins03-Oct-2009 23:01
wonderful shot I just must get to photo these birds
Buz Kiefer03-Oct-2009 00:56
Sayer02-Oct-2009 02:32
Fantastic! Amazing detail Jay... ~v
Jean D01-Oct-2009 01:01
Terrific close up and extremely sharp, Jay! ~V~
bill friedlander30-Sep-2009 19:47
An Extraordinary shot. Perfect in every way. Chapeau. V
poetry66630-Sep-2009 17:18
A cracking close up of the head and mouth of this Puffin Jay. Fabulous details.BV!
CM Kwan30-Sep-2009 13:17
An outstanding close-up, Jay! V
Jean Chiasson29-Sep-2009 21:04
Fantastic close up Jay vote
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet29-Sep-2009 12:39
Excellent portrait and details
Yiannis Pavlis29-Sep-2009 01:13
Beautiful shot well captured.Wonderful colours and great details…V
Wei O'Connell24-Sep-2009 03:35
Outstanding! LOVE it. v
Joanne Kamo24-Sep-2009 02:44
A stunning image, Jay! Wonderful catch for the two of you!
Janet Forjan-Freedman23-Sep-2009 23:30
Wow! A brilliant capture Jay!
Christopher Schlaf23-Sep-2009 23:03
I am envious.Super job
Sofia Solomennikova23-Sep-2009 22:05
this is adorable, such a splendid luncheon close up! V
Cindi Smith23-Sep-2009 21:56
Now that's a mouthful! What a great capture!!!!! This just rocks!!!!! V
Chris Spracklen23-Sep-2009 20:24
An absolute classic, Jay! (V)
Fabulous capture of this successful fisherman!
Walter O. Koenig23-Sep-2009 17:00
Great close up, very sharp and clear and excellent timing to get this. "V"
Jess. ( Lady.D.)23-Sep-2009 16:31
Excellent portrait Jay, great info as well.....
Bryan Murahashi23-Sep-2009 14:40
An amazing and excellent photo. GMV.
Marjan Schavemaker23-Sep-2009 14:15
This one is a super catch for you and the puffin, Jay! V
Brian with an Eye23-Sep-2009 11:18
Brilliant work, Jay. Thanks for the informative notes.
Carole Stevens23-Sep-2009 09:13
Absolutely stunning shot; amazing detail of the face and fish and the colours are gorgeous!
edwina beaumont23-Sep-2009 07:54
superb picture, everything is right
Aivar Mikko23-Sep-2009 06:38
Superb portrait of this beautiful bird. Good to know that they still have food there. V.
Debbie Blackburn Beierle23-Sep-2009 06:26
WOW!!!!!!!!! I need a bigger font for commenting! That WOW wasn't big enough! What an awesome shot, Jay! I am soooooooooo jealous but very proud of you!!!
Lise De Serres23-Sep-2009 03:28
Amazing shot! Very beautiful Jay!!
January Grey23-Sep-2009 03:15
Interesting information, Jay. What a clever little bird! And what an excellent close-up of this beauty! V~
CIS23-Sep-2009 02:02
Outstanding clarity and closeup, Jay!!! Excellent info that you added.
While on a boat in Nfld. I was awe struck with how long they stayed under the water.
Marcia Colelli23-Sep-2009 01:32
Fantastic capture, such a cute little bird. Nice timing and detail V
Larry Peterson23-Sep-2009 00:58
Beautiful capture, Jay. Thanks for the interesting facts. BV
Char23-Sep-2009 00:22
What an amazing and interesting capture Jay. Interesting facts about this sweet faced bird. \/
Yi Feng23-Sep-2009 00:03
That's amazing capture Jay! Wonderful creature! V
Hank Vander Velde22-Sep-2009 23:39
Fantastic/beautiful/sharp image Jay. Nicely narrated too.
Valene22-Sep-2009 22:52
Wonderful shot! V
Wenche Aune22-Sep-2009 22:40
Fantastic! V
Tom Munson22-Sep-2009 22:35
Absolutely perfect, Jay! A wonderful image! I for the life of me don't know how they catch and carry that many fish in there mouth.
Tricia22-Sep-2009 21:36
What a nice shot, he certainly has his mouth full!
Máire Uí Mhaicín22-Sep-2009 21:05
Wow! What a clear shot, and my initial reaction of "Greedy gut!" has been modified now I see this parent has just been grocery shopping for the children. -v-
tomandlinda22-Sep-2009 20:59
Amazing capture - beautiful colors. v.linda
Rosemarie Kusserow22-Sep-2009 20:39
Superb capture, indeed, thanks for the interesting comment, Rosemarie :o) V
Gérard Koehl22-Sep-2009 20:05
Wow... fantastique. V
Guest 22-Sep-2009 19:38
Outstanding ! v
marie-jose wolff22-Sep-2009 19:13
superb capture of this puffin, with his beak full of fish! V
Silvia Roitman22-Sep-2009 18:56
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