Monday, December 20, 2010


I love these guys.  They are the ugly ducklings of sea birds, until they get airborne.  The huge bills that appear so ungainly on land are in perfect proportion with thier graceful wings.  Once airborne they are transformed.

Thier fishing technique does not look healthy.  They will soar about, sometimes quite high, then peal left or right and plunge into the sea at high speed.  We have heard they suffer eye damage on occasion.

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