Where did all the Puffins go???

Photographers waiting around for the Puffins

Iceland is famous for puffins.  It is home to the largest colony of puffins in the world.  My hopes were pretty high to walk away with some spectacular puffin photos… it was strange then (and very disappointing) that we only saw a handful on what was supposed to be a fantastic puffin photography experience.

We chose to go to the Ingólfshöfði nature reserve which is in the southeast corner of Iceland.  It’s an isolated bluff a couple kilometers from land but it’s accesible by tractor.

Ingólfshöfði Nature Reserve (photo from top of the bluff)

The guide we hired was very knowledgable about the area and was a good photographer and just a plain nice guy.  You can book the tour with him here.

Now to the puffins.  First, there weren’t many of them and the ones that were there were all out at sea fishing.  I did get a few decent shots but I was hoping for much better.  I suppose it is a nature reserve and not a zoo so good sightings aren’t guaranteed.  Plus it was overcast and raining on and off so nothing was really working in our favor that night.




Puffed up Puffin

This is also a nesting spot for other birds like the Razorbills here…


and some pretty nasty Skuas

Nasty Skua

you can’t really blame him for being nasty though because he was only protecting his chick…

Skua chick



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