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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma EX 500mm f4.5 APO HSM, RAW ISO 800, Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-06 3:20
Viewed: 3401
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Razorbills at Bempton Cliffs nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Razorbill (Alca torda)

In: Razorbill Ca: Gavot Da: Alk De: Tordalk Es: Alca común Fi: ruokki Fr: Pingouin torda It: Gazza marina Nl: Alk No: Alke Pt: Torda-mergulheira Sv: Tordmule US: Razorbill Ru: Гагарка

The almost rectangular bill with two white lines, one vertical, one horizontal, makes the whole head of a Razorbill look chunkier than that of a Guillemot. Razorbills are also blacker and longer-tailed than Guillemots and tend to fly with their heads pointing upwards. In winter Razorbills show a black mask extending down below eye level and lack the neat brown line which leads from the eye of a Guillemot.

Breeds on cliffs and rocky coasts. Winters at sea and around coasts.

A truly marine bird which leaves its breeding sites to winter at sea in the western Atlantic as far south as north Africa.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-06 3:49]

Hello Pekka,
Black and white birds. And full of colours BG. Nicely composed.
Very good POV and use of light.
Best regards Siggi

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-06 3:57]

Hej Pekka,
I'd love to see these birds myself, they're so beautiful!! Excellent capture of the three showing them nicely in profile on the cliff shelf. Great details and a very fine composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-06 4:15]

Hello Pekka,
Nice one from the summer of a three Razorbills on their nesting ledges. I like the poses and composition and they contrast well with the limestone cliff.
TFS and have a good weekend,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-06 5:06]

Hello Pekka,
Beautiful photo in an excellent composition. Great natural colours, also in the BG. Good POV.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-06 8:27]

Hi Pekka,

It's always so wonderful to see a picture of birds interacting. You froze this moment very well. Looks just like neighbors chatting.I've never seen a Razorbill but would love to. They look fascinating. Excellent blacks and whites (not so easy to do) and a lovely setting.


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-06 9:06]

Hi Pekka. This is a bird i have yet to see maybe one day. A unusual looking bird which you have taken so well. Good detail. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hello Pekka
what a nice capture for beautiful Razorbill family. Great focus and composition with natural biotop. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hi Pekka,
Excellent capture of these cute razorbills with splendid colours, details and composition.
TFS and have a nice Sunday!


hello Pekka

excellent shot of these Razorbills,
with fine POV and DOF, beautiful luminosity,
excellent sharpness and details, i see that you shot
with ISO 800, it gives excellent details but i wonder
if IS0 400 it would give better details, TFS


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-07 14:22]

Hi Pekka,
a great shot of these Razorbills!
The poses are great!
Very good composition.
Superb exposure.

Well done,

Ciao Pekka, beautiful composition with three lovely birds, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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