Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 110 - Razorbill

The Razorbill is another auk with more than a passing resemblance to a Penguin - but just as last time this is not the case.

The Razorbill - Alca torda - was not as common on the Farne Islands as either the Puffins or the Guillemots, but in the end I did manage to get good views.  Only about 350 pairs of this bird nest on the Farne Islands - and I suspect that a good number had already left by the time I visited.






I have to say that the dark eye on a dark head was a bit of a challenge photographically!

This is school concert week, so I will make this short and sweet!

PS: Have a look at the new header as well - more Puffins!

Now it's over to you - click away to join in.  Don't forget to visit the other WBW contributors if you get the chance.

52 comments:

Chris Rohrer said...

This is one gorgeous bird! Really nice detailed work. I missed these birds on our trip to Maine. Next time....:)

TexWisGirl said...

really like the pinstriping on the bill! :)

NatureFootstep said...

great captures of a gorgeous bird. :)

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful bird!! Never seen one like him before!! I, too, really like the pinstriping on his bill!! Hope your week is going well!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Awesome bird Stewart!!!!

Ela said...

Wow ! Really a gorgeous bird !
Great photos !

Gunilla Bäck said...

A very handsome bird. I like the new header as well.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Striking looking birds. I have the same problem getting a good picture of my Black Lab :)

The header is a great shot too

Frank said...

Excellent series Stewart of this chunky Auk with its very distinctive face and bill pattern.

Revrunner said...

That third photograph caught both his and my eyes. :-)

Marie said...

Oh, I had to tease you a little about Cromer...maybe it's like Brigadoon, and only appears every hundred years, only it's the people who leave and return! :-) I think it would be a little "creepy" to be in a town and not see every many people.

Beautiful auk! Wow!

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

You got some wonderful images of the Razorbills. You probably know that food scarcity drove them all the way down to the Florida coast the winter before last. They did not fare well, as many were exhausted and starving.

Findlay Wilde said...

I really need to get to the Farne Islands. I really like the Puffin banner and of course the fabulous Razorbills. I see them in Angelsey. From Findlay

Phil Slade said...

Dark head, dark eye. Yes a real challenge Stewart and one I almost dread but you did well. Thanks for the Wednesday links again.

Montanagirl said...

It's a beautiful bird, with interesting markings.

Linda W. said...

Cool bird. You got some great pics of him/her!

Breathtaking said...

Very distinctive markings on this bird Stewart, and your photos are
great.

Adam Jones said...

Superb pictures Stewart.

Mama Zen said...

What a cool looking bird!

Justyna Kierat said...

After succesful beginning in WBW, the second post attached :) A little quiz in bird identyfication this time.

Christian Weiß said...

A stunning bird, looks like a sculpture.

eileeninmd said...

Phil, awesome new header. I love the Puffins. And the Razorbills are cool birds. I think there is a chance to see both of these on a Pelagic out and off the coast of Maryland..It is just a shame I get seasick. Great photos! Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

Gunsside said...

Beautiful bird, never seen something like it

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Beautiful!! That's one of the most unique beaks I've ever seen.

Brian King said...

They probably have one of the best looking bills I've seen on any bird! Magnificent! Really nice shots of these guys!

Connie Smiley said...

Wow, those birds are amazing! You got such wonderful shots--it must have been great to be there, especially with a camera in your hands. Nice header, too, Stewart.

bailey-road.com said...

What a beautiful bird! You got some great shots.

thewovenspoke said...

Great looking bird, I like the features around the head/face.

Susan (ABON) said...

Great looking birds. Your images are awesome, as always!

Arija said...

Great shots of the razorbill, especially the one open mouthed one showing the hooked upper. I would have been happy just seeing one or a pair. No use crying over spilled mild that all 350 weren't there to greet you.

Karen said...

A classy looking bird! Love your puffin header!

janiceadcock said...

Beautiful bird! Great photo work!

Small City Scenes said...

What an interesting looking bird. Love the beak and the dark dark blackness. Love the header too.
MB

cobie en bas van Es said...

Heel mooi maarhet lijkt mij heel moeilijk om dat zwarte oog in dat zwarte gezicht er mooi op te krijgen.

Pete Shanley said...

Amazing looking birds! Sorta look like they could be the Hummer of shorebirds!

Mary Cromer said...

You did a wonderful job with those dark heads and eyes. I am happy that that a few had waited around for your visit, truly beautiful birds

Kristi Bowman said...

That is one great looking bird!! I don't think I've ever seen it. Beautiful!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Yes, definitely a challenge to get the eye sharp with nothing to contrast with. Those are some beautiful stripes on the bill and head.

DesertHen said...

What a fascinating bird!

pattisjarrett said...

Beautiful bird and markings. I can understand the difficulty with no contrast to the eye area. Nice header, too, the Puffins appear to be having a lot of fun.

Lee said...

What a lovely, interesting-looking bird. I love birds...they're wonderful creatures.

A Quiet Corner said...

First things first...LOVING the Puffin header, Stewart!!! And this week's bird is yet another I never heard of..always a pleasure!...:)JP

Phil Slade said...

Hi Stewart. To answer your question about the naming of Swallows. Some people use the "Barn" others don't. I use it on the blog to show that it is the same species as elsewhere, particularly for US readers as I have a number. Cheers. Phil

babsjeheron said...

Very striking photos of a fascinating bird, Stewart.

Mike said...

What a great looking bird! You did a great job with the black eye on black head problem!

Iowa Voice

Camila Rafaela Felippi said...

What a wonderful bird. Today I saw a toucan!
My dad always says he will make a big nursery and buy a bunch of birds. But only says.

Andrea Priebe said...

These are awesome birds and awesome pictures of the awewome birds as well. I didn't post this week because I am chasing around trying to get ready to leave for Switzerland next week. It occurred to me that I don't think I have ever heard of a Swiss bird ... have you? I am sure I will have pictures of mountains and people ... but birds? ... no birds? Surely they have them and we just don't know about it, right? Anyway, I will be back September 8th just in time to post the Swiss birds if I find any ... so until then, Stewart ... Be well :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

ladyfi said...

What fabulous shots! That's a good-looking bird.

Gunn said...

So many beautiful details...
Like they have been to a make-up artist.

Small City Scenes said...

So I am surprised that nobody noticed you started out with a Razonbill and turned into a razor.
I chuckle. MB

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I gazed at your header for some minutes as soon as your site came up -- beautiful and I'm so envious. As usual both of your birds and your photographic talent. And then your post made me feel even more so ... but happy too. Lovely just to know these birds exist and that you saw them.

Happy but sure would love to go birding there!

PS: we have the black skimmer in Florida and it is the same problem with the eyes.

Pat Tillett said...

I does look a bit like a penguin. It's a beautiful bird, that's for sure. Nice photos Stewart.