Guillemot/Common Murre (6)
Aug 14 2010
male, adult, summer plummage
After the 1964 earthquake moved the entire island up by five metres, exposing a large strip of land, the murre cliffs became several hundred metres from the ocean. The young birds--which fledge at a quarter of adult weight--then needed to run the gauntlet of glaucous-winged gulls to get to the sea. Here, a family group pauses at a pond on their way to the sea.
Jun 24 2014

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