Today we feature a great image of a puffin on the Saltee Islands by Ronan McLoughlin. Located 5 miles off the coast of Co. Wexford, these two islands have remained uninhabited since the early 1900's. They have been designated as a Special Area of Conservation for Puffins and other birds so access to the island is restricted to those with special permissions. Ronan adds:
"Puffins are any of three small species of alcids (auks) in the bird genus Fratercula with a brightly coloured beak during the breeding season. These are pelagic seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water. They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil. Two species, the tufted puffin and horned puffin, are found in the North Pacific Ocean, while the Atlantic puffin is found in the North Atlantic Ocean."
This print is available from €45. Browse Ronan McLaughlin's print collection.
- Mark Sheils
Founder, Picture Ireland