Guillemot

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So last time it was those fancy Razorbills, this post is all about Guillemot (and plurals of birds is a topic for another day…).

This bird was another of my Skokholm friends and was one of the hundreds of birds in colonies on the island cliffs. Guillemot lay their eggs on narrow cliff ledges away from any possible land predator and cluster together to fend off aerial attacks. When the chicks hatch they are fed small fish by the adults, this one is showing how they hold them head first and actually start to digest it first! This softens the bony head and makes it easier for the chick to finish off.

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