Animals
Puffin

By Kim Reader


A puffin has been snapped doing its best Count Dracula impression – peering from behind its velvety black wing like the notorious vampire would from behind his cloak.

PIC FROM MERCURY PRESS – The dracula-esque puffin spotted on Skokholm island, of the Pembrokeshire coast.

The hilarious shot, captured on Skokholm Island just off the Pembrokeshire coast two weeks ago, shows a puffin with its wing drawn right up under its eyes like a ‘Scooby Doo villain’.

Amateur photographer Jane Eastwood, 39, was making the most of the last of the day’s sunlight when she managed to get the snap of the puffin pulling its comical pose.

Team leader in a steel works factory Jane, of Cardiff, Wales, said: “I really enjoy going to see the puffins, they are such comical little birds.

“But I have noticed that everyone tries to get the more classical shots of them so I decided to try to capture the quirkier side of their behaviour.

PIC FROM MERCURY PRESS – The puffin with its wing drawn right up under its eyes like a ‘Scooby Doo villain’

“I didn’t actually notice what this puffin looked like at first because it was the golden hour just before sunset and I was busy trying to get as many photos as possible while I still could.

“I was totally focused on this one puffin as he was just sat and six feet away from me doing his own little thing.

“But as soon as I got home and put the pictures on the computer I spotted him pulling this pose. He looked just like Dracula.

“He had his wing drawn up right under his eyes like a cloak. It is one of those classical villain poses, like a bad guy out of Scooby Doo.

“They have been really well received. I’ve had a fair bit of feedback from people laughing and joking about them. People really enjoyed that I called him Count Puffula. It’s nice to have such a positive reaction.”

PIC FROM MERCURY PRESS – Amateur photographer Jane Eastwood snapped the puffin pulling its comical pose

Geology graduate Jane first started taking photos during her gap year when she learnt how to dive in Australia.

Over the next few years, Jane would go back to Australia each year to help out at a diving shop as looking at the vibrant sea life and coral made a nice change from studying grey rocks every day.

Jane’s love for nature and the outdoors started as a child as her grandfather, a grounds keeper, would often take her fishing and shooting.

But after struggling with depression three years ago, Jane decided she would rather be looking at wildlife through a camera lens than down the barrel of a gun and bought her first DLSR camera.

Jane said: “I have always absolutely adored nature and I am a huge animal lover.

PIC FROM MERCURY PRESS

“My grandfather would always take me out fishing and shooting and for long walks around the woods so I have always enjoyed being in nature.

“But I would much rather me looking at wildlife through a camera lens than through a rifle scope.

“I did start taking photos while I was diving in Australia. During university I was just looking at grey things all the time so seeing all the vibrant colours made a nice change.

“But I didn’t get into photography properly until three years ago. I was not too well and I was losing a lot of weight. Eventually I was diagnosed with depression.

“But I used my camera as a mental anchor and getting out and about all the time and being around wildlife made me feel so much better.”