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|Black Guillemot - Cepphus grylle|
The Black Guillemot or Tystie, Cepphus grylle, is a medium-sized alcid at 32-38 cm in length, and with a 49-58 cm wingspan.
Adult birds have black bodies with a white wing patch, a thin dark bill and red legs and feet. They show white wing linings in flight. In winter, the upperparts are pale grey and the underparts are white. The wings remain black with the large white patch on the inner wing.
Their breeding habitat is rocky shores, cliffs and islands on northern Atlantic coasts in eastern North America as far south as Maine, and in western Europe as far south as Ireland. In the UK it is fairly common breeding bird in western and northern Scotland and Northern Ireland. In the rest of Great Britain they only breed at St. Bees Head in Cumbria, the Isle of Man and on east Anglesey in north Wales. Some birds breed in Alaska where their range overlaps with the Pigeon Guillemot. They usually lay their eggs in rocky sites near water.
These birds often overwinter in their breeding areas, moving to open waters if necessary, but usually not migrating very far south.
They dive for food from the surface, swimming underwater. They mainly eat fish and crustaceans, also some mollusks, insects and plant material.
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Splendid shot,with excellent details.
Wonderful colours with good composition.
amazing visual and perfect timing for the red!!
best regards sERGIO
great angle, TFS Ori
A very original pose for this presentation.
It's so good the way you caught the feet of the bird, when we usually expect to see the head.
Excellent the colour contrast and composition.
Thanks a lot for share.
Hello Shir. Unique pov in capturing this bird. The red feet are so contrasting in very good framing above the rock. Excellent image and TFS. Regards. Jusni
Funny and unusual view. I like the withe and red spots.
- [2008-11-02 12:22]
This is a most original capture my friend and those bright red feet are a feast for the eyes.Nicely composed and I like the colour and texture of the rocks.