Cornwall seabirds: Razorbill

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Razorbills have been busy feeding on Sandeels and other small fish in Falmouth Bay in the last few days.

This Razorbill appeared when we were scanning the oily calm waters for Basking Shark (Cetorhinus maximus) which disappointingly proved illusive once again. However, we did enjoy the sight of several distant Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) leaping high out of the water and tail thrashing.

Insight into Razorbill (Alca torda): a seabird of the Auk (Alcidae) family along with Guillemot (Uria aalge), Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle), Little Auk (Alle alle) and Puffin (Fratercula arctica).

All of these seabirds have small wings, short tails and short legs set well back on their bodies. These features don’t make them great fliers but are perfect adaptations for swimming underwater.

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