Atlantic puffin

With the most colorful beak in the European bird fauna, sporting a bright red and yellow colors, the Atlantic puffin is considered the most charismatic bird in the world.

However, they suffered a great deal, victims of human interference, being hunted for meat, eggs, and feathers, troubled by the loss of habitat and lack of food. The decline of their colonies was so drastic and alarming that conservationists decided to act before it was too late. Today, puffins are a protected (except in Iceland), and we can visit quite a few stunning places (Scottish Inner Hebrides or Welsh Skomer Island to name a couple) to closely observe these amusing and unique sea birds in their natural habitat. That said, they spend most of their time at sea, giving a hard time (and frozen fingers) to all specialists trying to track and study their behavior.