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It’s taken me almost 62 years to see my first Puffins (yes, I am that old!) but they were worth the wait. What magnificent little characters they are!
First I saw them in the water, from the boat en route to the Farne Islands …

Next I saw them on the cliff tops, craning my neck and lens to look up from the boat …

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Then we were on the island, for a very brief 60 minutes that went by so very quickly, and I saw them marching around defending their burrows, trying ever so hard to look stern and menacing …

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I also saw them – well, one of them – trying very hard to impress the Puffin of his dreams, but she was having none of it …

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And, finally, I saw a couple in love. So very sweet!

180515 puffins in love