John Whittles Wildlife

BRITISH WILDLIFE

Puffin

Puffins nest on the Farne Islands in their thousands. They nest in burrows and fly out to sea to catch sand eels, that they hold heads to tails, in their brightly coloured beaks. They are often chased by gulls that steal their catch, so the puffins usually make a steep approach, using their feet as airbrakes, to land as close as possible to the entrance hole of the nest.

Location: Farne Islands, Northumberland

Photographer: John Whittles