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Enduringly popular, the puffin is perhaps our most iconic species of bird, with their decorative bills and clown-like gait. In the air they are known for their energetic, beetling flight, while underwater these stocky little seabirds use specially adapted wings to propel themselves through the water in pursuit of fish. Until recently, surprisingly little was known about puffin ecology, thanks to their chosen breeding habitat being underground on remote islands or hard-to-reach coastlines. Now, Euan Dunn discloses all we have learnt about them through technological advances and provides a revealing account of their life cycle, behaviour and breeding, what they eat, how they interact in their busy colonies and where they migrate to in winter. Euan also exposes the mounting threats puffins face and offers advice on the best places to see them. About the authorEuan Dunn is Principle Marine Advisor at the RSPB. He studied seabirds at Durham and Oxford Universities and has worked on many seabird islands including the UK's biggest puffin colony - the remote Atlantic citadel of St Kilda. Euan has written many papers and articles and was the natural history editor of The Countryman magazine for 13 years. He has also illustrated books on whales, dolphins and robins. In 2007, Euan was awarded an MBE for contributions to marine conservation.
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