We set off in fine drizzle on a calm sea in Ola’s sturdy boat. Cod was drying on racks on the wharf.
I was well-prepared with layers of merino, Macpac parka and waterproof shoes. While others remained in the cabin (it was freezing) nothing was budging me from the prow; I was getting the most out of the experience!
My camera phone proved unequal to the task: hard to use with cold hands and wet gloves, and suddenly out of charge. I did get this though:
How cool is that?! The puffins are smaller than I expected, but I was delighted to hear that there are half a million breeding pairs on these off-shore islands and the numbers have remained steady in recent years. The green cliff face where they have their burrows looks like the Hilton for puffins.
I also learnt about the razorbills and saw cormorants, guillemots, gannets, herring gulls, magnificent white-tailed eagles (one caught a puffin), kittiwakes and grey seals.
Not having the camera as a distraction was great; I could really look.
We went out to North Cape later that night where I found this useful information:
And here I am standing on the northern tip of Europe and feeling on top of the world!
4 thoughts on “Puffins!”
Seeing puffins and being on top of the world. What an amazing experience! x x x
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It’s a shame that you had to have your left arm amputated before they would let you stand on the prow
Haha! I was hanging on tight with said arm, creating that optical illusion!
Puffins! Oh, that is so good! And excellent news that they are having a good breeding season. What a wonderful place – so glad you are not just sticking to the towns!
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