16 September 2010

Puffins and Razorbills!

I thought that today I'd feature some images from a trip I took out to Machias Seal Island, ME to visit the Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) and Razorbilll (Alca torda) breeding colonies.  Machias Seal Island is an amazing place and I highly recommend booking a trip out to the island if you have the chance.  They have long-standing blinds set up near the breeding colonies which allow you sit feet away from puffins and razorbills above their burrows without disturbing them.  I can't describe to you what a magical experience it is to photograph and observe these birds at close range.  I had the biggest smile plastered to my face for the entire boat ride back to the mainland.  Enjoy!


  1. Sarah Goodwin-Nguyen16 September, 2010 08:15


  2. Elijah, sounds like a magnificent adventure. Your photos are outstanding! The beautiful puffins are so very appealing. Love the image of the razorbill parent feeding its young. Priceless!

  3. Wonderful shots!! This is going to be my next trip!

  4. HI Eli
    Great shots! Would love to shoot around the ocean again.

    Uncle Ray

  5. Great birds, great photos. And thanks for the info, that the people observing are in hides - makes it easier to enjoy!