Flying Horned Puffin

June 27, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

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Flying Horned Puffin

Fratercula corniculata

32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $540.00

In June of 2019 I did a 5 day photo tour in Kenai Fjords National Park out of Seward, Alaska.

It was called "Marine Wildlife of Kenai Fjords" and that was an understatement. It's difficult to describe how abundant the wildlife is in this remote, food-rich location.

Puffins fly like a bullet at 50 mph with wings flapping 400 beats a minute. They are shaped like footballs with wings that are clearly not large enough to create flight for them, yet they are amazing flyers that buzz by like rockets.

And they are expert divers who often bring back several fish at once. Incredible.

Capturing these in flight was a challenge. So I put the shutter speed at 1/3200th and watched them fly off and return to the cliffs. I soon discovered they fly in a straight line most of the time.  Once I figured that out I was able to get several great in-flight images. It was addicting!

It's safe to say this was a definite highlight of the tour, among many other highlights.

All of which are in the Gallery on my site about Kenai Fjords -

https://www.davidandersonward.com/kenai_fjords

and in my video/slideshow on YouTube - 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXafk_i4wjo&t=6s

This Horned Puffin swooped down from the rocky cliff and took off, like a cruise missile falling from a wing of a plane before taking off. I just followed it off the cliff and bam - got him (or her) in flight.

This is on display as a 32" x 18" HD Matte Metal for $540.00.

It's also available in other sizes and there is enough room in this image to crop if needed for

whatever room you want this in. I left room in the image so the Puffin had 'room to fly' forward - especially at the speed they fly at.

I am happy to work with you to get this exactly as you want it - and my lab will cooperate.

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