Bird's Eye View of Bute

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The Puffins

Well, once again I was overjoyed to get near to birds without them disappearing as soon as I put my camera to my eye, in fact, these wee birds seemed to like being in the limelight, much to my delight, so here you now see “Puffins”, as though I need to tell you what they are, as they have been the favourite for most of us as soon as we first saw them.

 

Over the years I have came across a few of them that have been washed up on our shores, long since dead, took a photo of them, in case someone needed visual proof that I had indeed found one, but that proof was never required, as my word was taken, however, it is still better to have visual proof in anything that you find, just in case. These ones would have came from Ailsa Craig, and died I no not by what cause.
Now I am going to change the theme,so bear with me.
Take for instance, me plodding along a track, come across a Caterpillar, I take a couple of shots of it, but I don't know what it is called, but I have books at home that may help me, but I am more interested in birds, so the books that I have about other things are not very good, so sometimes I am flummoxed with what I have in front of me , so I may head to the Library or Museum to search through better books, and one day, having this very colourful Caterpillar in front of me I took a photo of it and headed for the Museum, asked the man at the desk if he knew what it was to which he replied no, but there is a man here who might, so I met this man, and he did not know but he knew someone who would.
You may ask what is this all to do with Puffins? Well to cut a very long story short, this photo of the Caterpillar and other ones of Butterflies etc, ended up giving me the chance of getting images of the Puffins for you to see.
With other information and images that I gave to this man, which in turn he gave to others, and was gratefully accepted meant that my name was floating about for a while as my info was being read, and images identified when a chance to go on a boat trip to Ailsa Craig was offered to me. I jumped at the chance so now I was able to see and record live Puffins.
So, you like me can now look at them in the Buteman today.

These little Auks are the nations favourite,and so are well documented, so I will not go deeply into the way that they live or breed, or how that the fish that they eat are diminishing, and the ones that they catch to feed their young are being stolen from them by Skua's and other sea birds. all that you have heard many times before.
All I am doing today is showing you gorgeous wee birds.


Norrie Mulholland

First published in the Buteman 2008


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