Puffins taking baths

I always thought of puffins as fairly dignified birds. They look sleek and posed in the photos you usually see, like statues of themselves. Recently, however, I discovered that to get that sleek, clean look, puffins take on some poses that would be quite hard to capture in a statue.

Just preening in a photogenic way....

Just preening in a photogenic way….

SPLOOSH!

SPLOOSH!

puffinbath_horned12puffinbath_horned13puffinbath_horned14puffinbath_horned15puffinbath_horned16These are all Horned Puffins in breeding plumage; notice the “horns” above their eyes. In the nonbreeding season, or as young birds, they lack the horns and look like they definitely need a bath.

Young Horned Puffin

Young Horned Puffin

Tufted Puffins look quite different, with long tufts of yellow feathers cascading back from their heads.

Tufted Puffin preening.

Tufted Puffin preening.

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They too need to stay clean.

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Sometimes they need to blow-dry.

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Other birds also take action-packed baths.

Common Murre

Common Murre

Male King Eider

Male King Eider

But there’s something about those puffins that is hard to match.

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Aaaahhh...

Aaaahhh…

All these photos were taken at the SeaLife Center in Seward, AK, which I cannot recommend highly enough.

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3 thoughts on “Puffins taking baths

  1. Wow! They have to stay clean to keep warm? Or is there some bug that gets to them? I hope you’ll tell us more about them.

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