Alaska – Horned Puffin this time
Yesterday was tufted puffins – today the horned variety. Named after the small “horns” that can be seen coming vertically off the eyelid. These puffins can also be distinguished from their tufted relatives by the yellow based/red tipped beak. They are also pelagic birds that are commonly seen on the ocean surface or diving for fish – they actually are built for “flying” underwater to be able to catch their prey. I caught this one starting its take-off “roll” skipping across the waves as our boat went by…..