Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Guillemots - The Farnes

Guillemots were in there thousands on and around the Farne Islands. A lovely dark chocolate brown and white bird, that sits on the rocks almost penguin like. They stay close together in their colonies alongside Razorbills and Kittiwakes. They can make quite a noise as they squabble with their neighbours.
They have been leaving the nest sights in the last couple of weeks, as they take their young out to sea to fatten up.

A small percentage of Guillemots have a white ring around the eye and a white line down towards the nape. These are Bridled Guillemots. These birds are still of the same race and not classed as a subspecies. The slight variation is quite striking though.

Common Guillemot



The Bridled variety.



A short phone video just to give you an idea of the noise on Staple Island.


8 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a brilliant time Adam. The Farne's should be compulsory for everyone who professes to be a "birder".

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  2. Beautiful! I like the white eye liner.
    Happy ODW!

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  3. Oh you got a bridled one. The common guillemot in the water looks like it's covered in cocoa.

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  4. Beautiful! Have a happy week!
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  5. Hope you protected your head!

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  6. I've never seen these birds before - just stunning.

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