Follow in Nigel's Footsteps

Sunday, 22 December 2013

What's black and white and red down under...?

Today was the day to get out. Yesterday was pretty wet and miserable, tomorrow is suppose to be a wash out with gale force winds thrown in for good measure. Today was beautiful and sunny, for the most part. Following sightings of a black guillemot in Portland harbour yesterday, I decided to head that way in the hope of connecting with it and it didn't take long to see it. It was giving great scope views as it lingered off a group of buoys out in the Harbour off Portland Castle. The harbour was quite lively with well over 50 red-breasted mergansers, a female eider, a juv great northern diver, 2 razorbills a little grebe, with slavs and black-necked grebes close by off the yachting club.

The black guillemot was a great little bird though and actively fed along a stretch of water about 150 meters away, each time it dived its brilliant red feet could be seen flipping into the air. It was a bit far for photos but I just about managed a record shot after finally timing it right (the first 10 pics all seemed to catch it as it disappeared below the swell):

It was there, honest! Next to the buoy in the circle...
Testing the SX50 to its max capability and then some.
and a bit of crap video just to round it off....



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