3 August 2015

Seabird Paradise

St. Paul Island is a dream-like place for Japanese birdwatchers because seabirds photos' captions in famous Japanese bird guidebooks all say that pictures were taken from the island. And indeed, we could see the close up, beautiful breeding plumage puffins and auklets just like the guidebook photos.


Although the Horned puffin looks very similar to its Atlantic cousin, I realised that horned is much bigger, in fact six to eight cm difference in total length and whopping 230 gram difference in weight.


Tufted Puffin is even bigger!

Tufted puffin and the common murre or guillemot.  Why on earth even the bird names are different in American English from British English!  


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