It is always nice to be greeted with this view when coming into the office for work (despite the rain drop on the camera lens). But what happened over the next hour, in the life of the Puffin living in burrow F8 last Wednesday, was so entertaining we have to share it with all of you!
In the beginning of our story we see the Puffin return to its burrow early in the morning before it is met by other Puffins, and its mate comes to say hello after spending the night in the burrow.
Our Puffin has continued to collect nesting material in the presence of one Lesser Black-backed Gull, but the entrance of a second one makes the Puffin jump! The Puffin retreats into the burrow just in time as the Lesser Black-backed Gulls begin to mate.
After the Lesser Black-backed Gulls have left, our courageous Puffin emerges one more time before finally flying away to feed. We then get a final shot of the Lesser Black-backed Gull coming past with its own nesting material!
Having trained as a graphic designer and illustrator Filip began a career change in 2013. He gained skills in applied ecology and land management on the Great Fen Project in Cambridgeshire before moving to BirdLife Malta to work in wildlife crime mitigation, injured bird care and campaigning.
As research assistant for the Malta Seabird Project Filip worked with gulls, shearwaters and storm-petrels while developing an understanding of seabird ecology.
He is tasked with writing the next five-year management strategy for the Alderney West Coast and Burhou Islands Ramsar Site, and leading the seabird season for 2016.