Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Puffin Crushing

In the house on SEFI, there hangs a photo of a Tufted Puffin taken by Ron LeValley some years ago. To call it a Crush would be an understatement. I can see it right now from where I am sitting, and I almost pity that poor bird for the brutal and shocking manner in which his face was crushed in by Ron. 

Over the last few years I have tried unsuccessfully to Crush a Puffin with Ron-like force. Sometimes, early in the season, you can perch up on on of the cliffs near the Puffin burrows and aim your Crusher at them as they fly by at eye-level. Usually, this results in some pretty decent shots (not crushes) of Tufted Puffins in flight. I went Puffin-Crushing today on Lighthouse Hill and got my best so far. It's a far cry from the famous LeValley Crush from the good old days, but it still ranks highly among Puffin-Crushes all-time.

Tufted Puffin, looking a bit anxious. Perhaps the Crusher I was pointing in its direction was intimidating.

1 comment:

  1. Nice! I want to talk to you about an article on the culture of the Farallones.