Puffins can be seen in cliff top breeding colonies between the end of spring and the beginning of summer. They spend the rest of the year in the open Ocean of the cold northern seas. To fish, this amazing bird swims underwater using its semi-extended wings as paddles, "flying" through the water using its feet as a rudder. It swims super fast and can reach considerable depths and stay submerged for up to a minute!
Puffins are unmistakable birds, with their black back and white underparts, and distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and a tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Their cute and almost comical appearance is heightened by their red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs.
Great numbers of this beautiful bird will soon be arriving to Rathlin Island in Nothern Ireland, where you can enjoy their sighting from both land and sea.