We’ve been out to the north end of Westray again, taking photographs of Black Guillemots with their fish. I had in mind a project to identify all the fish species they catch. That doesn’t seem too difficult, does it? Except it is, because small, immature fish of many species look the same.

Here’s a classic case:

Black Guillemot with fish - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I even have a clear photograph from the other side and it’s still difficult to tell. If you have expertise in young fish identification, please contact me. Thanks!

We’re on our way back when Antonella tells me a joke in her Italian accent: “How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?”

I answer, “I don’t know”, and she blurts, “Fish!” triumphantly.

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