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By Anna Edwards
These adorable puffins are certainly no bird-brains. The distinctive-looking creatures saved themselves the effort of carefully waddling down this island's slippery slope - and instead let gravity do the hard work by sliding down and splashing into the water. And there wasn't even any need for skis as their snowshoe-like orange feet prove to be the perfect tools.
Ready for take off! An Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) prepares for the descent on a snow covered slope
Away we go! This puffin slides down a snowy and icy slope, Hornoya Island in Norway
These crafty birds know how to save themselves a little puffin - by sliding down a snowy slope
The feathered daredevils were snapped indulging in the playful pastime on Hornoya Island in Norway by wildlife photographer Paul Hobson. Their playful antics are a common sight on the pristine white island, as Hornøya is the easternmost protected nature reserve in Norway.
Here visitors can see a variety of bird life up close. The island has one of the largest seabird colonies in Norway, including Razorbill, Atlantic puffin, European shag, Common guillemot, Brünnich's guillemot, Black-legged kittiwake, Great black-backed gull and Herring gull. He snapped the puffins swooping in to land on the steep slope, with some then choosing to have a bit of a sit down. However, others decided to indulge in some slippery fun while expertly using their wings to keep their balance.
The feathered daredevils were snapped indulging in the playful pastime on Hornoya Island in Norway by wildlife photographer Paul Hobson
Some of the the puffins swooped in to land on the steep slope, with some then choosing to have a bit of a sit down
Look out below! Some decided to indulge in some slippery fun, while expertly using their wings to keep their balance - although the one on the right doesn't look too keen
Their feet are not only useful when it comes to sliding; they can steer with them too. Because these birds live most of their lives at sea, resting on the waves when not swimming, they need their feet to be able to point them in the right direction. They are excellent swimmers that use their wings to stroke underwater with a flying motion. They use their rudder-like webbed feet to steer and can dive to depths of 200 feet (61 meters), National Geographic says. The birds, instantly recognisable from their vividly-coloured beaks, breed in Iceland, Norway, Greenland, Newfoundland and even as far south as Maine, America, in the west and the British Isles in the east. Because of their waddling-like walk and their bright beaks, the puffins are often viewed as playful birds, and have earned the monikers 'sea parrot' and 'clown of the sea'.
See me soar! The tiny birds were quite the sight as their bright beaks showed up against the snow-white peaks
There wasn't even any need for skis as their snowshoe-like orange feet prove to be the perfect tools for their snowy adventure
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