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photoblog image Farne Brindled Guillemot

Farne Brindled Guillemot

 

The bird on the right is the "brindled" variety of Guillemot - identified  by the white "spectacles".  The B&B owner told me of visitors he'd had - a group of bird-watchers who had made trips all over the world: they'd come to the conclusion that the Farne Island trip was the best they'd ever had because of the accessibility of the birds.

Farne Brindled Guillemot

 

The bird on the right is the "brindled" variety of Guillemot - identified  by the white "spectacles".  The B&B owner told me of visitors he'd had - a group of bird-watchers who had made trips all over the world: they'd come to the conclusion that the Farne Island trip was the best they'd ever had because of the accessibility of the birds.

comments (13)

Clean and sharp...
Tom Wilson: And taken from the boat - which was not entirely stable smile
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 31 Jul 2017, 05:44
This is a great photo Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Chad
Well, then. You clearly were at the right place at the right time, Tom. Lucky us to see it through your eyes.
Tom Wilson: The boat captain and guide was really excellent - he pointed out the bird, noting that they constitute about 10% of the guillemots on the islands - he got the boat really close to the cliff side, as you can see!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 31 Jul 2017, 06:43
Well these birds certainly don't seem to be fazed by your presence Tom
Tom Wilson: l guess they are accustomed to the boats that come by every couple of hours or so in the season.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 31 Jul 2017, 07:09
I have never knowingly seen the brindled variety, Tom. This is an excellent photo
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Lisl - I too had not been aware of them until this trip.
most impressive image, all perfectly lined up
Tom Wilson: Thanks Martin.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Jul 2017, 09:38
Great shot and the brindle is a stand-out.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Louis.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 31 Jul 2017, 10:49
Great shot of these stunners, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray - the boat got really close in!
Terrific shot Tom, and it sounds as though you ahd a very good guide on the boat.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Brian - yes, the captain obviously knew his birds!
Funny that only one has the eyeliner.
Tom Wilson: Apparently about 10% of them on the Farnes are this "brindled" variety, and I read that the further north in the Atlantic one goes, the more common is the mutation..
Cracking picture Tom
Tom Wilson: Thanks Bill - the captain of the boat really knew what he was doing, often turning the boat around so that everyone could get a good look at the birds,
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Jul 2017, 21:22
The "spectacles" make him look very distinguished - rather like a professor smile
Tom Wilson: It does give them a more serious air smile
Great close ups, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Frank

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