Malayalee photographer captures rare photos of Atlantic Puffins
Kollam: Recently a Malayalee photographer rose to fame as he captured over 5000 pictures of the seabird Atlantic Puffins, which is often called 'the clown of the sea' and 'sea parrot'. His fondness to these cold water birds inspired him to go after them and seize their different moods and lifestyles on his camera. East Kallada native Harikumar is the IT Manager of Indian Consulate in Scotland. He visits Isle of May in Scotland to observe the Atlantic Puffins which come to the banks of the island.
These birds resemble a lawyer's gown when looked from its sides, a parrot from the front and a penguin when observed from its hind part. It has a white crown and a beak with yellowish red colour. The photographers wait to take the pictures of these birds rising from the sea with a mouthful of fish. The parent Puffins are keen to feed their children with sand eel fish.
Harikumar informed that his photo appeared among the top 35 photos in the Award 35, a phototography competition of Russia.
They spend most of their lifetime in sea and reach the land during summer. In summer, their copper coloured beaks turn to a majestic red colour. The North Atlantic Coasts are the major breeding zones for Puffins. They lay egg in the deep burrows of the banks and that too only a sinle one in a year. Both parents take their turn for incubating it.
It is estimated that 20 millions of Puffins are there in the world. They are commonly spotted in Iceland and Norway and reach Scotland by April.