Puffin hunting in Iceland
Iceland is the home to one of the world's largest colonies of puffins. Over half of the worlds population of the Atlantic Puffin breeds in Iceland. It is estimated that around 3 million pairs breed in Iceland each year thats 6 million puffins, but only 70% of the total are breeding birds. So the total population of puffins in Iceland is between 8 and 10 million birds.
Atlantic puffin ( Lat: Fratercula arctica )
During breeding season, an adult Puffin's bill becomes bright orange and yellow. Atlantic Puffins also have blue on their bills. Their feathers form a rosette at the base of the bill. As winter draws near, the adult will shed the sheath on his bill, exposing a smaller dark bill. The feathers around their eyes molt and are replaced with darker ones. With these seasonal changes, the Puffins appearance changes dramatically. In fact, it was once thought that the Puffins with winter coloring were a different species than the well-known Puffins with their breeding plumage.
During the winter, Puffins often live a solitary life or in small groups, never setting foot on ground but living only at sea. But during spring, as the warm breezes blow, they begin their journey back to their nesting ground, the same one where they were born.
The Atlantic Puffin belongs to the Guillemot bird family.
All species of Guillemot bird family can be hunted during all season from September 1st until 25 April.
Day 1: Hunters will be picked up at Akureyri airport and taken to hunting camp.
Day 2, 3 and 4: Hunting 4-5 hours. while conditions allow.
Day 5: Hunter will be dropped of at Akureyri Airport and the journey home begins
In February to April there is an option for combining artic fox hunting and seabird hunting.
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