Atlantic Puffin
Fratercula arctica
The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is the only puffin species on the east coast of the United States. The species breeds on small, rocky islands and may be easily seen at a few scattered locations off the coast of Maine as well as locations in Canada and Iceland, and elsewhere. In June, 2010, I was able to spend about 45 minutes in a small blind at a puffin colony on Machias Seal Island, Washington Co., Maine, where I took a number of images of these birds with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a variety of lenses. It was about 10:00 A.M. in the morning, so the lighting was more harsh than I would have preferred, but it was such a thrill to be there that the lighting issues were minor. Most of the birds did not yet have chicks to feed, so I was not able to get shots of adults carrying fish.
A view of a blind next to my blind. The birds do not seem to mind the intrusion of tourists.