Because of it’s appearance the Atlantic Puffin is sometimes referred to as a parrot, but contrary to a parrot the Atlantic Puffin is quiet. The Atlantic Puffin is like a symbol of the island Runde. The nesting cliffs on Runde are known for several species, but the main attraction is the Atlantic Puffin. Photografers from all over Europe come to Runde looking for the Puffin. Runde is the most southern nesting cliff in Norway with almost 100.000 pairs of Atlantic Puffin. Røst has the biggest populacion of Atlantic Puffin in Norway with almost 5 times as many as Runde. We can find the Atlantic Puffin at Runde because the ocean around the island is a good spawning place for fish. Right now the experts are concerned about the falling population at Runde. They don’t know 100 %, but they think the water is getting 2-4 degrees warmer, and because of this it’s harder for the Atlantic Puffin to find food.
I just have to say that this bird fascinates me. This trip was definitely not the last one. I still don’t know if I think they can fly very vell or quite bad. They come flying in like they don’t have control, but I just don’t know if it’s just a way to show us that they are in total control.
One happy Puffin getting home with food to the family. The Puffin can dive down to 60 meters looking for food. It can also fly up to 100 km looking for food.
The birds plung from the cliffs looking for more food.
The Atlantic Puffin comes to Runde almost the same date every year in the second half of April and stays there until the end of August. In the nesting part of the year the bird has the colors on the beak as we can see on the photo above. But the rest of the year the bird is living on the open ocean, and the color is less powerful.
While some birds with big wings are landing quite slowly this bird lands fast. It’s hard to get good photos of this part of the flight because of the fast movement. But when I at last got a good one they are very good looking.
My hope is that the whole specie can do as this individual and show some muscle, going on and getting stronger without loosing the battle against the changing conditions. I also hope people can understand that the changes we now see in the climate is made by us, and we are the ones who can do something about it. I hope to see the Atlantic Puffin at Runde for many years to come.
Two years ago I visited Runde for the first time with my camera. Even though I grew up close to this beautiful place I didn’t know that it was this nice. I think I have got a new paradise. This little island almost as far west as you can get in Norway. Runde has only 90 residents, but from February to August more than 500.000 birds nest there. I spent last weekend on the island together with two good friends. We took a lot of photos. Some of the birds I photographed were new to me. Today I will show you some photos of the beautiful landscape, but over the next few days I will post pictures of Atlantic Puffin, White-tailed Eagle, European Shag, Northern Gannet and Great Skua.
We arrived at Runde Friday evening. We rounded up our gear and walked quite fast to “Lundeura” where most of the Atlantic Puffins live. The light was amazing that night, and we got a lot of nice shots. We stayed at “Runde Miljøsenter” which was a very nice place. We used the parkingplace at Goksøyr and started all our trips there.
To visit a place like this with two good friends was a fantastic experience. I just loved it. After long days walking and shooting we made good food and watched football/soccer from Brazil. I’m very thankful for the invitation!
I hope you can see that I have a lot of reasons to love my country and particularly the coast. I just can´t get enough of this… 🙂
On the coast Peru you can find a little nice hummingbird with the name Oasis Hummingbird. The bird is uncommon but widespread. This is a medium-sized, plain-colored hummingbird with long curved bill.
I find it interesting to see the Cormorants flying. The frequency of their wings are just amazing. I have seen several Cormorants, but I have found one more beautiful than the others. I love the colors of this nice Red-Legged Cormorant.
Wikipedia says that the bird is quite rare to uncommon, but you can find it on the cost of Peru and Chile and in Argentina. It is non-colonial unlike most seabirds. Its conservation status is Near Threatened.
I found this Red-Legged Cormorant outside the little village of Matarani on the coast of South-Peru.
In the Humboldt stream area, you can find a nice bird. It is the Inca-tern. You only find it on the cost of Peru and Chile. It’s a near threatened bird, but you find a lot of them in the cliffs outside the little town of Matarani. With its red beak and feet, and a white mustache on both sides of its head and grey body, it is easy to recognize. A friend of mine, a bird expert, thinks this is one of the most beautiful birds there are. This bird lives in the cliffs, and breeds in a hollow or burrow. Sometimes they use old nests of the Humboldt Penguin.
I was lucky to see a fight between to Inca Terns. It wasn’t possibly to see but I guess one of them had a little fish or something like that.
For more than 5 years I have been visiting a little place outside the little town of Matarani. It was the first meeting for me with penguins, and since that day I have visited the place a lot of times. I have read some articles that this species three years ago only had 6000 animals left, and it is possible that the next “el niño” will be the end of this penguin. When I started to visit this place, normally I saw 20 penguins more or less. Because of this, yesterday was a bit sad. I only saw three, and I was there almost until the sun went down. Since I will leave Peru in three months, I will only visit the place one or two more times. I hope yesterday not was the last time with penguins. With my new 300 mm lens and a 1,4 converter, it was possible to get closer than before. Here are some of my photos from yesterday.
45 km offshore from the city of Puno you find a very interesting little island. The island is named Taquile, but it’s not just an island, it’s a culture. I have visited Taquile Island twice, and I love this unique place on the Titicaca lake. I will try to let you see some of it’s beauty.
About 2,200 people live on the island which is 5,7 square km. The island is known for several reasons. Something unique is that you can´t find dogs at this island. In Peru you find dogs all over the country except for Taquile. Another thing is that they don’t have cars. But the most important thing is the way they do their handwoven textiles. From the age of five years old the boys learn to make hats. You can see on the hat of a person if he is married or not. When a girl is looking for a husband she always looks at his handcraft products before looking at his physics. If he can’t knit beautifully he is not a good man.
A little curiosity about the culture is that when a boy and a girl are in love and want to marry, they have to live two years together with their parents and after these two years their parents evaluate if this will be a good marriage or not. If the answer is no, they have to leave each other.
While the men knit the women are responsible for the wool. On Taquile Island it is prohibited to be lazy, so they also where working all the time.
Taquile is not a flat island. The Lake Titicaca is 3812 meter above sea level, the main village is at 3950 and the top of the island is 4050 meter above sea level. When you can´t use a car, and you don’t have donkeys to help you, you have to use your own back. The people needed to carry a lot of things from the harbor to their houses.
Peru is a country with a strong economic growth. The cities are growing fast, and sometimes without a good plan. I live in one of the big cities, and for me it is like freedom to come to a place like Taquile Island where you can’t find traffic and without barking dogs. I find the island nice, peaceful and lovely. You can’t be in Puno without visiting this beautiful island.
Most of the houses on Taquile Island don’t have electricity. They have to be self-sustained, and they don’t have fridge or freezer. Because of this they have to fish their own fish and grow their own potatoes. Today the people have income from tourism and they can buy things from the mainland, but until some years ago the island was self-sustained. A big part of the island have terraces from the time of the Inca-Empire and these terraces still help the people make their own food.