This summer I finally made it to Machias Seal Island, off the coast of Maine near the Canadian border, to photograph a large nesting colony of the spectacular-looking Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica).
The largest puffin nesting colony in the Gulf of Maine exists on Machias Seal Island, which also hosts large nesting colonies of other seabird such as Arctic Tern, Thin-billed Murre, and Razorbills.
Puffins spend their lives on the ocean, except during their nesting season when they set up on islands without land predators.
Puffins eat fish primarily, which they catch by diving underwater and swimming at exceptional speed. They can dive deep and stay submerged for up to a minute.