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Razorbill


Razorbill
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Copyright: Mark Oxley (MojoUK) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 7 N: 328] (1479)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Digital ISO 400
Exposure: f/8, 1/240 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The Farne Islands [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-04 8:36
Viewed: 4958
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken on Inner Farne, one of the many islands that make up the Farne Islands just off the Northumberland coast. The day was dull and overcast and started to rain not long after this shot was taken.

The only PP needed were some level adjustments and a slight crop. Camera was monopod mounted.

Razorbill
Alca torda

The razorbill is a medium-sized seabird. It is black above and white below. It has a thick black beak which is deep and blunt, unlike the thinner bill of the similar guillemot. It breeds around the coast of the UK, with the largest colonies in northern Scotland. There are none breeding between the Humber and the Isle of Wight. Birds only come to shore to breed, and winter in the northern Atlantic. The future of this species is linked to the health of the marine environment. Fishing nets, pollution and declining fish stocks all threaten the razorbill.

Where does it live?
Breeding:
Rocky cliffs and among boulder scree close to the sea.
Wintering:
At sea.

Where to see it:
Best looked for at seabird colonies in the breeding season, particularly in northern Scotland. You may see them from seawatching points around the coast at other times.

What does it eat?
Fish, especially sandeels, sprats and herrings.

What does it sound like?
It makes a growling ‘caarrrr’.

When to see it:
On the breeding cliffs from March to end of July. Rather scarce in inshore waters the rest of the time.

Similar species:
Guillemot, Puffin

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What a beauty!
You're picture is nice and sharp. Good contrast with the background and well framed!

TFS Greetz Kristies

Hi Mark, nice portrait of this beautifull bird that looks like a penguin!
Usefull note, too.

Andrea

Beautiful sharp image with an attractive composition and background.

Hello Mark

Well done on a lovely shot. Nicely composed. Clear, close details. :-)

Hi Mark,
Excellent capture.
Fantastic details, sharp, colors and composition.
Very well done!
TFS Malgosia

Excellent capture Mark! Excellent exposition on a picture with black and white. Everything is perfect: composition, sharpness, DOF, POV and a nice background. Thanks for sharing!

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