Chapter 10


High on a cliff top, I gaze out over the Bering Sea, with nothing but gray water between Russia and myself. Hundreds of puffins, murres, auklets, and kittiwakes swirl through the air around me, winging their way to and from nests on the steep cliffs. A single bird holds my attention: the Tufted Puffin that almost landed on a rock ledge seconds earlier. I’m betting it will soon be back for another try at what is likely its favorite perch, but I’ll need all my concentration to keep track of it among the chaos of other birds flying to and fro. I watch the fast-flying little puffin as it traces a wide arc far out over the ocean before turning back toward the colony. My pulse quickens. Keeping the still-distant puffin in sight, ...

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