Puffin love

Great Saltee Puffin

For all those who are in a dark place – here is some puffin love for you.

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

Great Saltee Puffin

This is the puffin love story I heard ( and witnessed) on my last visit to the Great Saltee πŸ™‚

To book a boat to Saltee Islands from Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford, call +353-53-912-9684.

Links to some of my previous posts about Saltee Islands and Puffins:







www.inesemjphotography.comΒ Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Absolutely beautiful post! I just love, adore Puffins!!!
    I used to get email notices of your posts, but that has fallen off. I have signed up again!

    1. Thank you Resa. I have been away a good couple of months. Getting back, but slowly. We have the mural festival soon, then I will start linking to your blog πŸ™‚

  2. These ones are extremely cute, dear Inese. πŸ–€πŸ§ I have seen penguins in Patagonia, years ago…. but never puffins (I would join Cindy above… I don’t think we have puffins over here either) …
    Beautiful post! … sending love and best wishes 😘

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ You might have a different kind of puffins, but this is Atlantic one and they live only in the northern hemisphere. Penguins are cool too xx

  3. When I watched the Star Wars The Last Jedi movie and saw the Porgs, all I could think about were your beautiful pix of them. Recognized them immediately. Loved you images and good to have you back!

    1. Syd, thank you! πŸ™‚ There is another puffin colony on Skellig Michael where the filming took place. I secretly hoped they would include the puffins in the movie – and why not – but well, it probably didn’t work out, and the Porgs are cute with their puffin wings, anyway πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I spent most of my time on the island sitting in the middle of the puffin colony, watching their body language and funny mannerism. Some day I will post more pictures.

  4. Hello dear Inese!
    Welcome back! So happy to see your photography again. What beautiful photos of beautiful birds πŸ™‚ I hope you are having a good summer ❀

    Warm wishes,

  5. Well well… πŸ™‚ Puffins. I have an old interest in puffins. (An old comic stripe story) Never seen one myself. Maybe some day. Welcome back to blogging my dear. we missed you.

  6. Your photos are just sublime, Inese. These are so beautiful, they almost don’t look real. Gorgeous birds and stunning photos. I’m so glad you’re sharing them with the world. ❀

    1. Thank you Diana! The weather and the light were perfect for the puffin pictures that day, but not as good for the gannets, so I stayed with puffins for almost three hours, which was not enough at all πŸ™‚

  7. Thanks for the overload of Puffin cuteness! They bring back the lines of a poem I had read in my childhood with the greatest force:

    All things bright and beautiful
    All Creatures great and small…

  8. ‘For all those who are in a dark place – here is some puffin love for you’. Brilliant words I’ll not forget. ~ George

  9. These are beautiful, Inese! You know how much I love both your photography and puffins so this is a truly wonderful post for me and I’m sooo glad to see you back here and hope you’re well, dear friend! Wishing you an amazing weekend! Xxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. Thank you! I thought that a puffin story would do well as a first post after the long silence πŸ™‚ Who doesn’t love a puffin? xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. I knew they have to be somewhere on the East coast! πŸ™‚ Puffins spend most of their life on water and no one really knows where they travel or how they survive. There is very little information on that.

      1. Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Their numbers were dwindling but 2017 was a record year for puffin chicks. There are now 4000 puffins off the coast of Maine each summer. It’s nice to know you have them in Ireland as well! Your photos are spectacular.

        1. Wow, so delighted to hear that. We have small breeding colonies around the coast, the biggest is Puffin Island, but the numbers are declining which is not a surprise as they lay only one egg.

  10. When I saw your post———OMG———Inese is back ! I have missed you so much. Someone hinted that you went to the Space Station but I doubt it. I am so HAPPY that you are back. Can’t wait for the new adventures. Love your puffins.

    1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ This is Atlantic puffin, and I think there might be a colony or two on the East cost of the US. They stay at sea most of the time and only return to land to breed.

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