Puffin in Flight

Puffin in Flight (Enlarge)

Photographed on the Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, in June 2008.

The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) is a peculiar-looking auk. It is also called the common puffin, the clown of the ocean and the sea parrot. Puffins are predated on by some gulls, which may also steal any fish they have caught.