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Black Guillemots

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 …