Posts Tagged ‘Northern race Guillemot

19
Jan
16

A ray of sunshine on a day of dead things

I rejoice in the natural world. I don’t normally seek out dead things. It just so happened in the wake of the storm surge we had at the end of last week ‘dead things’ were littered on the beach.

I have never seen so many Sunstars cast up on a high tide. Flatfish were everywhere; as were Starfish and Beaded Anemones. If that wasn’t enough then a Common Cuttlefish, a Harbour Porpoise and for those that want to ‘go large’ a Minke Whale were also brought in by the sea. Most of you will know of the Norfolk Cetacean site. The Harbour Porpoise and Minke Whale are dealt with there https://norfolkcetaceans.wordpress.com/recent-sightings-3/ Also on the tideline was a Guillemot. Not the usual brown upperparts on this bird; but black Razorbill like feathering. A northern race perhaps? – even seeing this was not the best moment of the day. That came in the form of Miss Nola McCallum. Very pretty without a doubt; but even that was eclipsed by her best attribute. I watched as she knelt aside the guillemot and carefully separated its toes to examine the webbing. Her inquisitive nature and obvious unbridled passion for the natural world filled my heart with hope. Genes no doubt gleaned from her artist and naturalist father, James. http://www.jamesmccallum.co.uk/

Guillemot

Common Cuttlefish

Beadlet Anemone

Sunstar




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