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Guillemot with Chick - Uria aalge (Auks  (Alcidae) by David Lewins

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The UK’s coasts have many stretches of sheer cliffs where seabirds breed and the guillemot is one of the most numerous birds in the great ‘seabird cities’. It comes to land only to nest, spending the rest of its life at sea, where it is vulnerable to oil spills. Dark brown and white, not as black as the similar razorbill, it has a ‘bridled’ form with a white ring round the eye and stripe behind it.

Found on small areas of cliffs on the south coast of England, very locally on the coasts and islands of Wales and in a handful of places in the north of England and Northern Ireland; more widely spread on cliffs of Scotland. RSPB nature reserves such as Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire, Fowlsheugh in Grampian and Marwick Head in Orkney have large colonies. In winter it is widespread around UK coasts but usually well offshore. It is sometimes seen inshore after gales or passing by longer headlands.

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Professional Travel Photographer and Teacher of Photography living in County Durham, North East UK.

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  • Shaun Whiteman
    Shaun Whitemanover 4 years ago

    Great composition and details David, there are loads of fantastic chicks around at the moment!!

  • Thanks very much Shaun, there certainly are lots around at the moment and they are great to watch.

    – David Lewins

  • Mark Robson
    Mark Robsonover 4 years ago

    Superb capture David.. well done :))

  • Cheers Mark, much appreciate

    – David Lewins

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 4 years ago

    Awwwww this is a gorgeous shot,

  • Pleased you like it Ann, thanks

    – David Lewins

  • JohnPeel
    JohnPeelover 4 years ago

    Another delight, thankyou David

  • Cheers John

    – David Lewins

  • Peter Hammer
    Peter Hammerover 4 years ago

    A very nice image David. It makes a very good nature shot.

  • Thanks very much Peter

    – David Lewins

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 4 years ago

    Awww baby bird! It’s such a cutie and look at it’s big feet! Fabulous picture David. The fuzzy little chick is so sweeeet!

  • Pleased you like it Zoe, thanks for the comment

    – David Lewins

  • Poete100
    Poete100over 4 years ago

    Way too cute…

  • Thank you very much for your comment, appreciated

    – David Lewins

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture David, cute little chap!

  • Thanks very much Martin, can’t resist taking these type of images. :-)

    – David Lewins

  • DaveReed
    DaveReedover 4 years ago

    A superb shot David :)

  • Cheers Dave, much appreciated

    – David Lewins

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    June 20, 2010

  • Thank you very much for the Feature Teresa, much appreciated once again.

    – David Lewins

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