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Prancing Razorbill | by Tim Melling
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Prancing Razorbill

Razorbills are much rarer than Guillemots on the Farne Islands, outnumbered by about 50 to one, but there are still plenty around for photographing. I did find isolating the bird a problem though, as I was looking down onto the cliffs for most Razorbills I saw. This one was hunkered down on the rock but then sprang into life, which was when I managed this photograph. He looked like he was taking flight but merely recamped on the top of the rock. Their plumage is much blacker compared with the brown of Guillemots, and the broad bill does have the look of an old-fashioned cut-throat razor.

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Taken on April 23, 2014