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Puffins — Up close and personal

“A potato with wings” was how the puffin was described to me when I first laid eyes on one.

These funny little birds with their black-and-white plumage and their painted beaks really are a treat to see.

Tourists flock to Witless Bay Ecological Reserve every summer to get a glimpse of these not-so-majestic birds in their burrows.

From their waddle to their erratic flight paths, puffins are one of the most sought out sights in Newfoundland.

They popular not only here in Newfoundland, but also in Iceland, where people travel three hours along horrendous dirt roads for an up close and personal experience in one of the biggest colonies of puffins found in the world.

If you have not seen a puffin, I suggest you add it to your list of things to do while you live in Newfoundland, it is a sight you will not soon forget.

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Geographic location: Newfoundland, Iceland

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  • hawk
    September 29, 2013 - 07:55

    Iceland and all the Northern countries eat these Puffins, We did to until Canada took away OUR RIGHT to hunt and eat those birds. A Chicken can be good looking to, in the eye of the beholder.