Puffin with Fish Portrait - Grimsey Island, Iceland
Nikon D500, 500mm, f/4.0e, 1/640sec, ISO 400
This image was shot on my first day on Grimsey Island. All my best ideas of puffin photography were realized that afternoon. The birds on the eastern cliffs of the island were completely approachable to almost minimum focus distance of our lenses. If you moved slowly, you could get frame filling portrait images like this fairly easily. Since there were literally thousands of birds on this cliff and most of them were really approachable, you could be very choosy on which ones you were shooting based on aesthetics. In other words, you could exercise the artistic side of your brain when making compositions. Totally awesome set of circumstances for a wildlife photographer.
As an aside, apparently there are many species of fish these puffin hunt. A research project was on-going requesting images of the fish the birds were carrying be submitted to a website. Apparently, there was keen interest in the tie between types of fish and puffin population numbers. While there were abundant puffins on Grimsey Island, we were told the puffin population had crashed in southern Iceland and there was much research going on trying to figure that out.
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