Into the Wind

Uploaded: October 17, 2012 03:54:07


The puffins at Dyrhólaey line the cliff, facing into the strong sea winds, and take off just by opening their wings. We saw several come in for a landing
by basically being pushed backwards in the air to the cliff, then kind of plopping down. (ie, they didn't necessarily approach the cliff by flying
forward to it, landing, then turning around.) It was a yucky day, with mist and spray filling the air;
but I like the streaks made by the droplets in mid-air in this capture!

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/250 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Manual white balance, FocalLength: 400.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D


Antonio Amen October 17, 2012

Very good, well done. #1492817

Joy Rector October 17, 2012

love this shot #10373097

Nikki McDonald level-classic October 17, 2012

They sound like innovative little flyers - and fun to watch. I've always thought they were most interesting birds. Nice capture that gives us a sense of the day through the blowing grasses and dark sky. #10373184

Mitch Spence level-classic October 17, 2012

I like this environmental look at the puffin, Chris. #10373277

Richard B. Hallick October 17, 2012

Love how you have placed the bird in very sharp focus, surrounded front and back by blurred surroundings. It really makes this very colorful bird pop out of the image. I can also practically feel the wind blowing in the bird's face. Excellent! #10373370

Bob Cournoyer level-classic October 17, 2012

The grass works for the sharp puffin... :-) #10373527

Michelle Alton October 17, 2012

You may have had to suffer to get this capture of the Puffin. It seems worth it to me, unless you froze a limb off! A favorite. #10373678

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 18, 2012

Thanks so much!
Michelle, it wasn't freezing, but it was very chilly, windy and rainy that day... we had a tiny break in the heavy rains while with the puffins... just long enough to get some shots for 10 minutes. Fortunately, you can get very, very close to the birds... they just don't care! #10374593

Suzanne Crawshaw October 21, 2012

Love these little birds, when I was in Alaska, I would see them running on the surface of the water to get a running start to take off. I never did get a good shot. Love yours! #10379025

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 22, 2012

Thank you, Suzanne! #10379254

Leslie McLain level-classic October 22, 2012

Terrific capture of this adorable puffin, Chris. #10379903

Chris Budny level-deluxe October 23, 2012

Thanks, Leslie! #10380594

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