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Common Guillemots

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

Ledge nesting

How do you land on a narrow ledge, high above the sea, in a stiff wind, which is already full of other …

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

Common Guillemot take-off

Seeing the power of a Common Guillemot as it takes off is awe-inspiring. They have surprisingly short, narrow wings for a bird …

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

Guillemot

There’s a Common Guillemot on the waves. It’s having a little spruce up. Nesting in a colony is a great idea if …

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

A minute and counting

Common Guillemots are free-diving pursuit divers. Their diet is fish, and the fish which are alive in today’s ocean are the descendants …

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

Bridled Common Guillemots

There are Common Guillemots, Uria aalge, flying in front of the cliffs at Noup Head on Westray. It’s a breezy day and the …

Wildlife Seafari

A wild cruise

I love being on ferries and small boats. It’s not something I do very often, so when my son Gabriel suggested a …

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

Flying Aaks

There’s a low flying Guillemot coming past the bottom of the cliffs. It’s a great aerodynamic shape, although perhaps I should say …

Arctic Skua hunting Guillemot for fish - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Arctic Skua hunting sequence

Here’s a Guillemot flying past me on the west Westray coast. It’s a grey day, but the rain has cleared and there’s …

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

Bridled Guillemot

Visiting Noup Head on Westray is always exhilarating. It’s even more exhilarating the closer you get to the edge of the cliffs. …

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

Bridled Guillemot

Looking back at my photographs from Westray in 2017 I’m struck by this beautiful Bridled Guillemot. It’s a Guillemot, Uria aalge, but …

Raiders of the lost Aak - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Raiders of the lost Aak

Guillemots are known as Aaks in Orkney. This Aak egg has been raided from the cliffs at Noup Head and eaten.