Marjie, Dick, and Carlyn had a brief but rewarding trip to Maine in June 2005.
The main event (or should that be Maine event?) was a boat trip 21 nautical
miles out to Machias Seal Island (about 12 miles from the nearest coastline).
We went with Norton of Jonesport,
and had a fantastic time seeing birds, seals, and just being out on the Atlantic
- Our primary goal was to see Atlantic
Puffins. And boy, did we see them!
- This wonderful on-shore photo courtesy
of fellow traveler Carol Albert
- Here's a great front view from Carol
- And a wonderfully detailed profile.
- Close up of the head.
- Another close-up.
- The puffins weren't the only big attraction.
We loved seeing the Razorbills, an endangered species that thrives
- Another razorbill view
- Carlyn caught one in mid-dive.
- Standing on the rocky shore, they
look a lot like penguins!
- These seem to be standing sentry.
- This razorbill seemed to be getting
ready to fly, but it turned out he was just stretching his wings -- or maybe
- Three razorbills, taken from on shore
by Carol Albert. Another photo,
seated; seated; in
- Razorbills taking flight.
- The Common Murre, on the left
in this photo, looks a lot like the razorbills. Note the more slender bill,
lack of white markings on the head, and brown-black coloring rather than the
true black of the razorbills
- Another combination view; this time
the two on the right are murres, the two on the left are razorbills. They
swim and roost together here.
- One more shot of razorbills and murre
together. The murre is in the foreground.
- We were excited to get views of
the rarely seen Black Guillemot
- Another view of the pair of them,
at a slightly different angle
- Another Black Guillemot view, with
Common Eider swimming below
- We also had great views of Common Eiders.
They never got very close to our cameras, so the pictures aren't the greatest,
but hopefully you can see the spring green markings on the back of the male's
head. The females are dull brown all over.
- There were hundreds, or maybe thousands,
of Arctic Terns on the island as well. Captain John told us these are
all immature birds, which means anything under 5 years old. We were surprised
to leary that they wait that long to mate.They're some of the most beautiful
flyers of the avian world.
- This shot is blurry, but the lines
of these flying birds are incredible.
- If I remember correctly, the first-spring
birds have the white heads (farthest left), the second-years have a dark patch,
and by the third year they look mature, with full black on the top of the
head (several in this shot).
- An Arctic Tern just coming in to land.
Photo by Carol Albert.
- Lots of bird activity here!
- Quite a combination shot. Razorbills
perched and swimming; Eiders swimming on the right, near shore. Puffin flying
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