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A Bit Like West Side Story by Jamie  Green


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..when the Sharks and Jets face each other off.
I created this collage from two different groups of birds off the coast of NW Scotland.I had been to a place called Red Point south of Gairloch in Wester Ross,NW Scotland.It looks across the sea to the Island of Skye.Off the first beach to the north of the headland I came across a group of Black-throated Divers (known as Black-throated Loons in North America).I was very pleased as not only were they my first for the year but also they were the biggest group I had ever seen.(Bottom picture)
On the other side of the headland is the entrance to Loch Torridon and another beach. From there I got a shot of a family group of Red-breasted Mergansers.(Top photo)
I was glad to see both groups were evenly matched at 9-a-side. The Mergansers were playing a 1-3-3-2 formation,and the Divers were trying out Nelson’s tactics from Trafalgar…line formation.My money is on the Divers.
Sony Alpha 350 dsle tamron 70-300 zoom lens.Collage created in Picassa3
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Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 2 years ago

    This is just plum dandy, J, & FAR, FAR better than anything West Side Story ever produced. Have seen both these types (toughs?) in that very same environment, but never such a large group of Divers/Loons. Loons here favor fresh water, too, & large loony lots are a familiar sight in our small northern lakes. Have loved their screeling Loon Song for as long as I can remember. I’m straining my brain trying to remember who said ‘The cry of a loon on a northern lake is like the mirth of a maniac….’ I can hear a man’s voice saying it in my head, with a kind of pounding rhythm behind it, but I just can’t bring it into focus. Only one reference to it on the internet ~ somebody quotes (or paraphrases it closely) it, but no attribution. It’ll come to me ~ could be somebody like Frank Zappa. Maybe Ray will recall. Welcome home. Did Tarn have loon for birthday dinner? Was Tarn a loon on her birthday?

  • Lol…the Black-throated Divers breed in Scotland in small numbers on fresh water lochs and lochans.They then move to coastal areas for the winter (indeed two of that crew were either juveniles or possibly adults entering winter plumage.) I’ve neve managed to hear their cry in the wld,although we did come across a breeding pair on a small lochan up near Dunnet Head a few years back.
    We also get the Great Northerns and Red-throateds off coasts in winter.
    Tarn had a day on the beach at Mellon Udrigle (lovely name) for her birthday…piccies to follow in due course.

    – Jamie Green

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyabout 2 years ago

    LOL, like it mate. Hope you had a great holiday.

  • I had a cracking ime mate…loads of photies.

    – Jamie Green

  • cieloverde
    cieloverdeabout 2 years ago

    So beautiful imagen Voluntary !

  • Gracias Liliana..Jamie

    – Jamie Green

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 2 years ago

    Love your title and comments Jamie – now are we talking soccer match or Trafalgar Battle ?
    If Trafalgar’s on the bottom you have just missed Heather’s 5th g.g. who was on the
    ’ Thunderer ’ – number 14th in line ! Think I’ll go for the soccer formation as the winners !
    Great photo and imagination……ha ha !

  • Trafalgar battle. Here both sides have subs,but the bottom ones probably have nuclear

    – Jamie Green

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1about 2 years ago

    Fantastic work, Jamie

  • Thanks Shulie,I was delighted to get a chance like this.Only wished they’d come closer.

    – Jamie Green

  • LoreLeft27
    LoreLeft27about 2 years ago

    awesome capture and creation

  • Thanks,it was hard to get them all to

    – Jamie Green

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