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Puffins Fratercula arctica live most of their lives at sea, resting on the waves when not swimming. In April each year they arrive to breed on rocky islets off the coast of Scotland and Wales. They are excellent swimmers, using their short wings to stroke underwater with a flying motion. The beak is only brightly coloured over the breeding season for use in display. After this it is moulted, leaving their winter bill, which is relatively small and blackish in colour. Puffins nest in burrows close to the cliff top.

Photograph by Andrew Parkinson

About Andrew Parkinson

Andy is a contributing photographer to National Geographic magazine and a multi-award winning wildlife photographer. As well as winning two categories he also won the overall title of Bird Photographer of the Year 2016 and has had over 30 awarded images in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, winning three categories along the way. He’s also been awarded 3 times in both Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and in 2012 was named Nature Photojournalist of the Year. He prefers to work close to his home in Derbyshire and works exclusively with animals and birds that are wild and free.

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