23 Beautiful Pictures of Puffins

Puffins are beautiful seabirds with a colorful beak during mating season and a preference for nesting in crevices and rocks along coastal cliffs or offshore islands. Because of their living environment and fast flight over the water, while feeding, the Puffin can be a difficult bird to photograph.

Didier Baertschiger – Iceland – Látrabjarg – Puffin
Didier Baertschiger - Iceland - Látrabjarg - Puffin

Just to get a picture of a puffin could be an adventure in itself. First, you’ll have to travel to where they live. It could be Iceland, British Columbia, Northern France, the British Isles, or a few other North Pacific and Atlantic areas.

Next, you’ll more than likely have to traverse along (or near) steep coastal cliffs or head out to an offshore island to hopefully get close enough for a chance at a nice photograph.

Lastly, bring the right gear. This is a situation where a fast zoom lens and DSLR will give you the best opportunity to come home with a beautiful photo. Puffins can be difficult to take photos of because they are fast and typically hunt over the ocean. A zoom lens also ensures the photographer sets up at a safe distance so that they don’t ruin the living environment of the Puffin or fall from the steep cliffs while trying to get closer.

Getting pictures of Puffins isn’t easy for those of us who don’t live near where the Puffins are. But if you do get lucky enough to be able to take Puffin pictures, hopefully, you come away with some beautiful shots like the ones in this post.

Puffin Pictures

Tom Godber – Puffin
Tom Godber - Puffin

Emil Kepko
Emil Kepko

Emil Kepko
Emil Kepko

Tony Smith – Puffin (fratercula arctica)
Tony Smith - Puffin (fratercula arctica)

óskar elías sigurðsson – Atlantic Puffin
óskar elías sigurðsson - Atlantic Puffin

Johan Wieland – Puffins at Ingólfshöfði
Johan Wieland - Puffins at Ingólfshöfði

Billy Idle – Puffin
Billy Idle - Puffin

Jim Leach – Puffin at Látrabjarg
Jim Leach - Puffin at Látrabjarg

Jim Leach – Puffin at Látrabjarg
Jim Leach - Puffin at Látrabjarg

Roland Ql – Puffin
Roland Ql - Puffin

Jacob Spinks – puffin in flight
Jacob Spinks - puffin in flight

Emil Kepko
Emil Kepko

Jacob Spinks – puffin looking worried
Jacob Spinks - puffin looking worried

Harald Deischinger – Puffin
Harald Deischinger - Puffin

Tony Smith – Puffins
Tony Smith - Puffins

Tony Smith – Puffin (fratercula artica)
Tony Smith - Puffin (fratercula artica)

DavideGorla – Puffins in Mykines
DavideGorla - Puffins in Mykines

Guy Renard – Looking down puffin
Guy Renard - Looking down puffin

Brian Gratwicke – Puffin on Grimsey
Brian Gratwicke - Puffin on Grimsey

Dan – Puffins
Dan - Puffins

eric niven – Puffins
eric niven - Puffins

Darren Flinders – Family Of Puffins
Darren Flinders - Family Of Puffins

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