Sitting Pretty

Ken Smith Student 9/19/2012 3:59:51 AM

There's an island off of Maine coast that lots of puffins are at, in July. But the bird-watching excursions are booked well in advance. Lucky you. Cool shot, Chris! #1487166

Claudia Kuhn 9/19/2012 4:19:17 AM

Beautiful capture Chris! #10328841

Joy Rector 9/19/2012 4:21:24 AM

beautiful shot #10328843

Richard B. Hallick 9/19/2012 6:22:53 AM

Great bird image. #10329006

Nikki McDonald 9/19/2012 6:36:24 AM

Yes, lucky you. The closest I'll ever get is the zoo and there they are behind glass that they keep so water speckled from their antics that it's impossible to shoot through. Wonderful to observe, though. Terrific shot - love the absolutely direct eye contact :) #10329033

Jack Gaskin 9/19/2012 6:42:26 AM

Great Puffin

Jack #10329050

Terry A. Stoa 9/19/2012 9:51:50 AM

Nice details, Chris - they're cute little things. #10329217

Kay E. Mahoney 9/19/2012 1:08:28 PM

Nice capture, Chris. Beautiful bird. #10329390

Bob Cournoyer 9/19/2012 4:16:25 PM

Excellent Puff-trait.... :-)
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Louisa Hancock 9/19/2012 5:10:34 PM

Beautiful, love the way you captured the Puffin looking at you #10329622

Renee Doyle 9/19/2012 11:29:44 PM

I'm glad you got to see these beautiful birds up close Chris!!! Outstanding capture! #10330025

Christopher J. Budny 9/20/2012 3:42:35 AM

Thanks so much, folks! And thank you Renee---I shot this with your 100-400! #10330133

Dayna Cain 9/20/2012 5:29:37 PM

This Puffin looks like he posed just for you! Excellent capture Chris. #10330993

Bob Cournoyer 9/20/2012 5:33:11 PM

Hmmmmm, that 100-400 doesn't look soft to me.... :-) #10330996

Christopher J. Budny 9/21/2012 5:35:02 AM

Thank you both! #10331548

Leslie McLain 9/22/2012 4:11:06 PM

Amazing capture, Chris. #10333440

Christopher J. Budny 9/22/2012 7:28:56 PM

Thank you, Leslie! #10333583

Linda D. Lester 9/25/2012 4:49:57 PM

I'm so far behind in commenting! Trying to get ready to move!!!
This is an awesome capture! I would love to see one of these. Great capture! #10341325

Christopher J. Budny 9/26/2012 3:57:21 AM

I can relate to being a bit behind. Thanks so much; they are charming birds to watch! Good luck with the move! #10341960

Renee Doyle 10/29/2012 12:32:30 AM

:-) BIG congrats on this beauty Chris!!! #10389172

Kay E. Mahoney 10/29/2012 6:33:25 AM

Congratulations on your finalist, Chris. Good luck in the next round. #10390012

Lindley Johnson 10/29/2012 6:53:49 AM

Sounds like you had a great time with these cool birds - love the eye contact with this one! Congratulations on your terrific finalist, Chris. #10390086

Rona L. Schwarz 10/29/2012 8:34:48 AM

Marvelous capture of this terrific-looking bird, Chris! I have always wanted to see these in the wild...love your POV and the way he is looking straight at you. Beautiful Finalist - hope to see it again in the next round! #10390484

Mitch Spence 10/29/2012 9:00:37 AM

Love the puffin, and the shot, and the chance to visit Iceland with you, Chris, if only through your images. Congratulations on the finalists. #10390650

Phyllis Burchett 10/29/2012 9:20:53 AM

Wonderful portrait Chris, congrats! #10390749

Susan M. Smith 10/29/2012 9:32:09 AM

Great pose and capture, Chris! Would love to see these guys some day. Congratulations and best of luck in the next round! #10390797

Michele Peterson 10/29/2012 11:15:11 AM

This is my favorite of yours from last month! Im glad to see it get a finalist, Congratulations! #10391265

Errick L. Cameron 10/29/2012 2:22:10 PM

Exquisit detail. Congratuations on this superb fianlist! #10392220

Tammy Espino 10/29/2012 3:49:03 PM

Congrats on this awesome finalist!! #10392563

Linda D. Lester 10/30/2012 8:22:05 AM

What a great find....Congratulations! #10394381

Christopher J. Budny 10/30/2012 9:13:11 AM

Thanks, everyone! They're quite charming birds! #10394463

Merna L. Nobile 11/1/2012 12:13:36 PM

Receiving an award from Better Photo is just like unwrapping a gift, the thrill is always the same! It is also exciting to be able to send my personal congratulations to each and every one of you and I look forward to seeing the gold though out the galleries. Merna #10399611

Michael J. Kelly 11/5/2012 10:06:17 AM

Love that beak color a very nice capture of this wonderful bird. Congratulations. #10405400

Christopher J. Budny 11/5/2012 11:13:30 AM

Thank you, Michael! #10405513

Aimee c. Eisaman 11/5/2012 6:22:43 PM

The beak just seems to pop out almost a 3D effect...awesome! Congrats on your finalist! :~) #10406015

Christopher J. Budny 11/6/2012 4:39:33 AM

Thank you, Aimee! #10406610

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We had hoped to see our first puffin at Látrabjarg on day 4 of the trip; instead, it was not until day 8, near Vik, visiting cliffs at Dyrhólaey.
There, hundreds of puffins dotted the cliffs, and you could easily get within 10 feet of some of them. They're quite charming to watch!
The weather was the worst we had (chilly, windy, rainy all day) and watching the puffins fly into and land in the strong winds was somewhat comical.
9/12 Finalist - Animals

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/640 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D

Uploaded on 9/19/2012 3:58:18 AM

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