Puffin on Staple Island


Puffin on Staple Island

Accessed by boat trip from Seahouses, Staple Island is part of the Farne Islands and a protected bird colony.


The puffin in the photograph has just caught a number of Sand Eels. They get their name for lying buried in sand, often on the lower shore, with the head exposed and can live for 4 or 5 years.


Sand eels are a very important diet for many seabirds, e.g. puffins and other auks. Any factor affecting sand eel density will be expected to cause repurcussions amongst seabird populations.