A camera will be placed inside a puffin burrow this summer on Ellidaey island, which is part of the Westman Islands archipelago, south of Iceland, to monitor the commune of puffins and storm-petrels, which is unique in the world.
A flock of puffins. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The commune of these bird species has captured attention from the science community because it appears as if the storm-petrel takes advantage of the puffin’s efficiency of digging a burrow by making a nest inside it, Morgunbladid reports.
This type of arrangement is not known of anywhere else but on Ellidey, which has the largest puffin colony in the world. Europe’s largest storm-petrel colony is also located in the Westman Islands.