If you were hearing shrieks of delight today, they could well have been coming from me as this was a most magical day. It was one of those perfect Maine days, a little warm perhaps, which provided a great excuse for a boat adventure.
A few days ago Peter Ralston, a photographer friend, said he had been out to Matinicus Rock and saw hundreds of puffins. That was all the information I needed to get very excited about going there as in all the years I’ve been coming to Maine I’ve never seen anything other than a photograph of a puffin.
Now, Matinicus, Abenaki for far out island, is the last outpost between Maine and Bermuda, some 28 miles off the Maine coast and sitting high in the rolling Atlantic. There it is right up ahead. From a distance it’s a little hazy due to the warm air meeting the cold sea.
We had to go round the rock a couple of times before we spotted puffins. In case you are thinking they are large birds, they are not. They are quite small which to the untrained eye makes them somewhat difficult to identify.
If I had a really great telephoto and had been on stable ground rather than a moving boat, maybe my photos would have looked like this. Thanks, Peter, for sharing.
Maine is the only place the Atlantic puffins find nesting sites which are on roughly five rocky ocean islands. The best time to see them off the coast is June and July. Once the weather warms, the puffins move on to cooler climes. Remind you of people?
There is much more to share about Matinicus, but It will wait until tomorrow. In the meantime, enjoy the puffins and feel the cool ocean breeze blowing in your face.
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