Monday, June 17, 2013

Razorbills & Murres - Getting Airborne

The Razorbill and Common Murre are not nearly as charismatic and charming (cute) as the Atlantic Puffin. They are black and white seabirds, without a trace of color, much less the large, colorful bill of the puffin. But they should not be overlooked.

They are adapted to life on the open seas, and like the puffin, when they take to the air they have to work at it. Here are a few photos of the "plain cousins" in flight.

Razorbill and Common Murre in flight ...

Razorbill
Common Murre

The running start of Razorbills ...



Airborne at last ...


Walk (run) on water of the Common Murre ...


Photographed on Machias Seal Island

Good Birding !!


3 comments:

KaHolly said...

Chris, these are stunning photos!! Not a bird most are likely to see - thanks for sharing.

Frank said...

Chris, I very much enjoyed reviewing all your Machias Island posts and super images.

I can still remember my first views of the charismatic Puffins plus Razorbills and Little Auk .. amazing.

Mayray said...

These are beautiful pictures. I must say 'Good birding'!

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