Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Black Guillemot

The black guillemot is a lovely seabird that particularly likes Scottish harbours. The only places we've ever seen them are the harbours at Oban; Ardrossan (on the way to Arran) and Brodick (on Arran). As well as the smart plumage you can see in the photo they have lovely red legs and a red gape. We enjoyed watching them swimming around and chasing each other as we waited for our ferry to take us back from Arran. Hopefully if you click on the photos, you'll get a bigger version.




25 comments:

Springman said...

It's a nice bird who'll guide your journey!

texwisgirl said...

love their graceful neck shape (and cute pink feet!)

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous!

Watery Wednesday at my page, ave a nice day!

The Weaver of Grass said...

We saw wonderful sea birds on our trip up the coast of Norway on the Hurtigruten Juliet.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Weaver - oh yes I imagine you did! I'd love to go on the Hurtigruten one day!

Karen said...

Terrific shots, love those red feet!

Leckeres für Mensch und Katze said...

Beautiful water impressions :)

MaineBirder said...

Very nice captures of the Black Guillemot! We see them here along the coastal waters of Maine in the winter.

Frank said...

This is one species I don't get to see very often. Lovely photos.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Oh, look at how the wings look in flight! They're all white! Thanks for sharing these.

Andrew said...

A beautiful bird to see and lovely images.
Oban and Arran are lovely places I have been so fortunate to visit.
I used to have family living on Great Cumbrae and spent a lot of my childhood holidays there.
Many thanks for stirring up my memories.

Sandy's witterings said...

I get used to seeing unfamiliar birds on the blogs of our friends across the pond, bit you've scored quite highly yourself here with your black guillemot and spotted flycatcher. Both new to me :)

bunnits said...

They are beautiful.

Mimi Foxmorton said...

I'm convinced I need to be in Scotland.......
;)

mick said...

Great photos of a bird I have only read about.

Tumblewords: said...

Fascinating bird!

NatureFootstep said...

don´t think I have seen this one before. It looks great. :)

ksdoolittle said...

I have one spot in Cape Breton that I hike to that hosts Black Guillemots. I just love to go there and watch them. They aren't so easy to capture, are they?? Great job! ~karen

eileeninmd said...

What a great bird, I would love to add this one to my life list. Great photos.

eileeninmd said...

What a great bird, I would love to add this one to my life list. Great photos.

holdingmoments said...

A bird I'd love to see.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They are nice birds! We have seen pigeon guillemots; they are similar.

I just love reading the place names in your posts. I wish I had sound!

Fotokarusellen said...

Wonderful post and beautiful images. Well done.

Pat said...

Lovely captures of this beautiful bird!

Larry said...

I would be thrilled to see that Juliet. It would be a lifer for me. Cool red feet!