I can now reveal the answer to the question posed in last Thursday's blog, "Where's the unsolicited Puffin?"
Contrary to popular belief, it wasn't stood behind me all the time. Neither was it perched on the end of my lens.
It was in the photo of the cliff top at Noup Head on Westray, discreetly nestled on a ledge at the bottom of the picture, left of centre.
Astoundingly, the winner was the very same puffin, which waddled into Kirkwall Police Station and gave itself up, admitting to the charge of loitering in a photo with the intention of being cute. Apparently, this public-spirited act was an attempt to avert the glare of the UK media's attention from the whole sordid affair, so that it could get back to its normal day job... posing for tourist photographs with a coy, sidelong glance, whilst simultaneously trying to break the world record for the most fish in a beakful. Puffins, eh, do they have no shame?