3 days in Northumberland - Guillemots and Razorbills
The real cliff edge livers are the Guillemots - so much so that they lay a pointed egg that spins on the spot if knocked rather than rolling. They nest on the Farnes in their thousands and can often been seen lining the cliff tops, particularly around Staple Island. This year however, my visit in July proved to be late in the season with a large number of birds already having departed to the open seas. The oportunities to photograph guillemots were considerably more limited than for some of the other birds.
Both of these images were taken on Staple Island.
A superficiously similar bird to the Guillemot, at least at a distance, is the Razorbill. Closer inspection reveals a darker bird, which a characteristic razor like bill that gives the bird its name. A particular challenge when photographing these birds is a jet black eye set in a jet black head - many a photo is ruined by not being able to see the bird's eye!
There are considerably fewer Razorbills on the Farnes than Guillemots. However, during my visit I probably saw more Razorbills, with particularly close views on Inner Farne.
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