Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Brünnich's Guillemot, Burghead, 17 November 2011
It pains me somewhat to admit it, but these photos have been sitting neglected on my computer until today. I'm afraid I lack killer instinct when it comes to finding rare birds. So, when I photographed this young guille during a Heatherlea trip in November, it flashed through my mind how dark and stumpy young guilles appear, rather how I thought Brünnich's was supposed to look, but I didn't even put these vague thoughts into words. I concentrated instead on trying to relocate a King Eider for the group. Luckily, Jonny Pott, our guide, finally got round to looking at his photos recently and the penny dropped.
So, I just consulted my photo archive and pulled these out. It's embarrassing really, not least because there have been fewer than 45 accepted UK records. But, hey, at least I saw it and photographed it. So there!
Posted by Mike Weedon at 11:16 PM