Occasional random postings from a butterfly photographer
flitting from subject to subject
Friday, 9 July 2010
It was interesting to see on the News yesterday evening that the population of puffins on the Farnes is up 5% from last year. Researchers have been attaching tiny sat nav's to the birds in order to establish where they travel to find the sand eels. Initial results show the birds travel 20 miles out to sea several times a day to feed in sand eel 'hot spots'.
The birds, which mate for life, stuff up to 67 sand eels in their beaks each time just to feed one chick in a burrow. Most of the puffins which I photographed only managed to bring back a few sand eels at a time.