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  • Puffin Movies

    Posted by Carl from Chicago on March 17th, 2010 (All posts by )

    I went on a trip to Machias Seal Island where there is an Atlantic Puffin colony off the coast of Maine and nearby Canada in 2007. I stayed at a Canadian island near New Brunswick called Grand Manan Island and took a charter boat from a guide to get to the puffin colony.

    For an hour I was in a small blind bird watching. There was no light inside the blind so we could see out but (supposedly) the birds couldn’t see inside. However, I am sure that the Atlantic Puffins knew we were there because they kept walking right up to the rocks in front of the blind just a foot or two away and eyeballing us, which was great.

    I had a camcorder and while I am no great shakes as a photographer or as the video equivalent it was hard to make a bad movie with the Atlantic Puffins (and Razorbills) literally a couple of feet away. I had a web site for this briefly but because the movies take up a lot of bandwidth it was a pain to maintain and setup so I abandoned it. Recently I set up a You Tube channel (owned by Google like Blogger here) and started putting my movies up there, a couple a day, so that everyone can see them.

    If you want a laugh or have kids I definitely recommend checking out the “Puffin Movies” channel over at you tube. The URL is http://www.youtube.com/puffinmovies and it is over on the LITGM side bar. Turn UP the sound because you can actually hear the little tick-tick-tick of the Atlantic Puffin feet as they walk on the rocks in front of you and the sound of their wings as they fluff and then fly off (they are really fast and I read that they fly up to 50 mph).

    Cross Posted at LITGM

     

    One Response to “Puffin Movies”

    1. Jonathan Says:

      Very cool.