Puffin Preening

Puffin Preening

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Hand carved, wooden bird by Archipelago.

Archipelago is a well known British brand, renowned for the high quality of its wildlife wood carvings. They have a fair trade partnership with the skilled wood carvers of Bali using sustainable materials. Each piece is hand-carved and painted so every one is unique.

 

Puffin Preening - 18cm high

The Puffin spends its life at sea fishing for sand eels and is a wonderful acrobatic swimmer and diver. It comes ashore to breed in the spring on grass-topped cliffs, preferring old rabbit burrows. Its colorful bill fades later in the year after the breeding season. The new chicks “jump-fly” and scramble down by night from the cliffs on which they have been bred in a race to escape predators like herring gulls. Puffins face strong competition from trawlers for the sand eels which are their favorite food, but which are often sadly processed to become cat-food.