Puffins on Skomer Island
Puffins look so adorable and cute. I've always wanted to have a close encounter with puffins so for the last two years I have visited Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales.
I was really surprised by how small the puffins are. I imagined them to be taller somehow. They are really fast flyers too. A really important skill to have when they are bringing sand eels back to the baby puffin. The adults get mobbed by gulls who are trying to steal their catch.
When I was there previously, the puffins were busy nest buildling. They use burrows in the ground as they stop the gulls and birds of prey from attacking the nests. The puffins were busy gathering nesting materials. They collect grass and other vegetation to line the burrows. They look quite comical as they wrestle with tufts of grass to wrench off to take down the burrows.
At this time of the year the island is covered by bluebells and later on by red campion. There is also a lot of sea pinks that looks like a carpet of pink on the island and looks beautiful with the blue of the sea around the island.
From June onwards the eggs hatch and the parents are busy feeding the young. Puffins only produce one egg and when the puffling are ready to leave they exit the burrow at night and leap off the cliffs into the darkness and are then entirely on their own. It's safer to leave under cover of darkness to avoid the gulls.
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