Puffins!


These little birds are beyond cute. Two species of Puffin live in the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, the Tufted and Horned Puffin. What’s the difference? The Tufted Puffin is heavier and has white feathers on its face with a colorful beak and two tufts of yellow feathers atop its head. The Horned Puffin has, not surprisingly, a fleshy black horn above its eyes and no tufts. They breed in nesting rookeries amongst the rocks and Puffin pairs mate for life.

Horned Puffins Kenai Fjords NP Alaska
Horned Puffins
Tufted Puffin Kenai NP Alaska
Tufted Puffin to the Seagull: “Shove off mate, this is my place!”
Horned Puffin Kenai Fjord NP Alaska
These rocky cliffs are the perfect place for Puffin nests

Interestingly these little birds have a very heavy bone density to help them dive deep into the water to get fish. They use their wings for propulsion and feet for steering when they go under water. They look so awkward trying to fly with those little wings and that stubby little body but they make do. Puffins actually have to beat those little wings 400 times a minute to stay aloft!

Horned Puffins Kenai Fjords NP Alaska
Away we go!
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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Aww how adorable! I really want to see the fair penguins in Australia

    1. Deano says:

      The Fairy Penguins are great. A must see if in my home state of Victoria for sure!

      1. Will be getting lots of photos that’s for sure

    2. Deano says:

      One thing to note. You see the Penguins at night and they have a ban on photography (with flash at least) – be worth checking out latest rules as I haven’t been down there for a few years

  2. OMG they’re so adorable!!

    1. Deano says:

      They sure are. Next post will have some closer views of Puffins but at a wildlife centre

  3. Girl Gone Expat says:

    Ohhh I am so jealous you got to see the puffins! I think we were a bit late in the season so we only saw a couple in the waters from far distance. Nice picture, they are really beautiful creatures with the colourful beak! Great post!

    1. Deano says:

      Thanks. I wish I had gotten better photos of them in flight. Tough to do as they are not that big

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