This week, we are delighted to share some photos taken by longtime NRCM member and My Maine This Week photographer David Small of Old Town, Maine. He photographed this Black Guillemot in Northeast Harbor.
David writes, “It’s always a fun shoot when the pelagic Black Guillemots begin showing up close-in along the shoreline. During summer they hang around offshore and are mostly black in plumage color—thus the name. During winter they are mostly a dusky white color. Black Guillemots are a diving bird, searching the bottom for small fish, mollusks, crabs, and other marine invertebrates. My fun comes from watching them dive then trying to have my lens positioned for the pop-up. The resurfacing holds two pleasures for me, one is seeing what they caught and the other is the fluid dynamics, also observed on the dive. Drops of water that flick off the tail feathers upon the dive and the circular concentric waves of water moving away from the body always provide an interesting study for me.”