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Farne Islands Razorbill

 

Another one of the auk family - the closest living relative of the extinct Great Auk.  Only comes to land during the breeding season, spending the rest of the year at sea.  There are about 1,000 of them on the islands.

Farne Islands Razorbill

 

Another one of the auk family - the closest living relative of the extinct Great Auk.  Only comes to land during the breeding season, spending the rest of the year at sea.  There are about 1,000 of them on the islands.

comments (17)

this is a great portrait Tom and even more precious because of their small population....petersmile
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Peter.
this is a portrait with personality, Tom. and naturally black and white too smile i am not familiar with this bird but it sounds like a remarkable creature. i assume the declining numbers are human activities driven?
Tom Wilson: Many seabirds have this kind of life at sea - coming to land only to breed - but I don't think you'll see this one in SE Asia smile Off the coast of Northern China is about the closest, I think.
  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 3 Aug 2017, 01:59
This is a gorgeous portrait of this lovely critter, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Ray.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 3 Aug 2017, 06:18
Lovely distinctive birds
Tom Wilson: They are, aren't they?
  • Anne
  • France
  • 3 Aug 2017, 06:58
Great details on the beak!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Anne.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 3 Aug 2017, 07:20
Great picture Tom, with such clarity. It reminds me a little of the painting by Piero Della Francesca of the Duke of Urbino.
Tom Wilson: Mmm, I see what you mean smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 3 Aug 2017, 07:38
A cracking image. I like the facial markings were much.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Alan
Magnifique portrait, on voit bien tous les détails.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine
Vraiment superbe ta photo !!!! Bravo
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine!
Love that parallel line. Many birds spend their lives like that. One, the short-billed shearwater is born on land, flies out to sea then returns to land again seven years later to mate, then returns to the exact same spot on the same day the next year. The whole colony gives birth all in on day or two, all leaving and returning on the same day.
Tom Wilson: Yes, bird behaviou is often amazing! I haven't seen the short-billed shearwater, but was lucky enough to see a breeding site of the wedge-tailed in Hawaii.
Very well taken close-up Tom, now this would do well in a competition if I was the judge.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Brian - at least one can see that the bird is looking at me, even if the bill is pointing out of the picture smile
What a stunning close up portrait!!!
Tom Wilson: Thanks for the visit and the comment.
  • Hollie
  • United States
  • 3 Aug 2017, 16:28
Amazing details.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Hollie.
A fine portrait Tom
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Bill - I think the birds know their pictures are being taken and put on a show smile
A very handsome bird...
Tom Wilson: It certainly is!
joli portrait!! amitiés
Tom Wilson: Merci, Jean Pierre!
Beautiful shot, Tom - what a wonderful looking bird!
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Elizabeth

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