I spent five seasons working in various locations photographing the Atlantic Puffin for National Geographic. This image was taken on the island of Skomer, which is off the Welsh coast, UK. Skomer is a fantastic island for seeing these beautiful birds and I spent a considerable amount of time on this island during the project. This image was taken in early May and the Puffins had just returned back to their breeding grounds after spending the winter out at sea.
As soon as the Puffins arrive, they start pair bonding and go about refurbishing their nesting chambers, ready for the breeding season. This individual had gone into his chamber, but I had to wait for over an hour before he returned back up to the entrance. As he did, he plucked a small piece of the campion flower, at the time it felt like he was offering me a gift rewarding me for my patience.
Location: Skomer Island, Wales
Photograph Date: 2011
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Available Sizes: 70cm to 150cm