‘Gis a kiss?’ Shy puffin dismisses cheeky puffin’s advances as it leans in for a kiss
This is the hilarious moment a puffin appeared to ruffle more than a few feathers when it spurned the advances of an admirer.
The two puffins were photographed on Lunga Island in Scotland when one puffin appeared to lean in for a cheeky kiss on the beak.
But romance was definitely not in the air for these two lovebirds, as one puffin leant in for a kiss the other appeared to turn away to avoid locking beaks, before taking flight all together.
With its pride dented, the puffin appeared to angrily call after its potential mate but sadly to no avail.
Photographer Charlie Lynam, 57, who captured the images didn’t know if the dispute was related to matters of the heart but suggested it was likely to have been a territorial dispute between the two birds.
He said: “Puffins have predators but they have learned that when a boat full of photographers and bird spotters turn up, the predators make themselves scarce.
“This is great for us as it means the puffins fly up from the sea to the island, in the knowledge that they are safe to feed their young and tend to their nests.
“I decided to get a good spot, right on the edge of the cliff and stick with the birds that were there, rather than run around trying to find the action.
“It paid off. This sequence was over a territorial dispute.
“The one bird flew in – there was an exchange which quickly led to a fight. It was over in seconds with the challenger sent to lick his wounds, only pride.
“It was such a fabulous experience to be amongst these wonderful birds. It’s so sad they are in desperate decline.”