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Black Guillemots

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

Escape

It’s hard to discuss bird behaviour without projecting human values, behaviours and emotions on them. Are birds happy? Playing? Angry? I suggest …

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

Black Guillemot and fish

There are 19,000 pairs of Black Guillemot in the UK. I’m enjoying the company of the ones which breed off the coast …

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

Tysties with Butterfish

Black Guillemots are one of my favourite birds. I’m told, “They’re the purist’s bird for those who dislike the easy familiarity of …

Black Guillemot - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey

Black Guillemot

I’m on a day trip to the Mainland. That’s the mainland of Orkney. In the harbour at Scapa there’s a bird paddling …

Black Guillemots - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A bit of singing and dancing

Black Guillemots are the connoisseur’s auk. If you find Puffins too gaudy, or Guillemots too dowdy, then Black Guillemots are for you. …

The Atlantic - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Atlantic

Westray has two sides: a North Sea side and an Atlantic Ocean side. They meet with dramatic consequences at the northernmost and …

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

A Tystie and a Topknot

The coastline around Westray is wonderful on a glorious summer’s day. We’re on the trail of Black Guillemots, or Tysties as they …

Black Guillemot - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the) - The Hall of Einar

A Tystie with something tasty

Black Guillemots seem to be called Tysties on Orkney. This one has caught something tasty. It looks to me like a Butterfish. …

Black Guillemots on Westray - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)
Black Guillemots on Westray - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)
Black Guillemots on Westray - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Black William

The name Guillemot doesn’t sound English at all, and so it isn’t. It’s French, from Guillaume, or William. Here then, are a …