22/05/19. Puffins coming, going and chatting at Crab Bay, Skokholm

Afternoon on the 22nd May.  It was warm and sunny, with the Puffins busy coming and going; many leaving and others incoming with sand eels and dashing immediately into their burrows.

Always present were 1-2 Gulls, waiting for the opportunity to go after a close-landing Puffin and attack them for their catch; not always successful, but sometimes they were.  Occasionally it seemed that the puffins would decide not to land, but continue in their wheeling around the bay before coming in for a landing.

The fast-beating of the puffins’ small wings makes quite a prominent sound.  Those not flying chatter to each other with a mumbling murmur.

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