|Brunnich's Guillemots are a
medium sized bird 40-44cm long (16-17.5") with a
64-75cm (25-29.5") wingspan, they weigh around
700-1200g with little or no difference between the
I remember thinking on this particular day that they
have to be one of the toughest birds on the planet.
With an air temperature just above freezing and a
cold penetrating wind, these small animals took from
comfortless rock cliffs, flew through the cold air
and dived into the frigid sea to feed before
returning to their exposed nests on the cliffs.
Made me feel quite feeble as I stood on deck in
several layers of clothes, hood up and gloves on
while looking forwards to the warming soup I could
smell being cooked for us inside.
copyright Paul Ward