The Secret Lives of Puffins

Secret lives of puffins

The Secret Lives of Puffins – by Dominic Couzens with photography by Mark Sisson

As well as being among Britain’s most photogenic birds, puffins are appealing in other ways, too. Unusually for seabirds, they are virtually silent, but have a huge range of actions that convey various messages – head jerking, head bowing, clashing bills together, stamping their feet and scurrying along with bodies horizontal. All these actions, and many more, are shown here in Mark Sisson’s pictures, which go way beyond the ‘cute’ category to which puffins are usually consigned. Author Dominic Couzens is refreshingly honest about the mysteries that remain concerning the species. We still don’t know, for instance, why some birds breeding in Britain stay in the same area all year round, while others fly vast distances across the North Atlantic, returning the following spring, generally to the burrow they have used before.

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