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Whiskered Auklet

Aethia pygmaea

Description:

The cute Whiskered Auklet is a tiny seabird in the Alcid family (puffins, guillemots etc). It is one of the more range restricted species in the family but can occur in massive numbers as we experienced at Yankicha Island, a volcanic caldera making up part of the Kurils Islands of the Russian Far East.

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27 Comments (1–25)

Irene Brady
Irene Brady 5 years ago

Beautiful It looks as though it were taken from a kayak or low, eye-level boat of some sort!

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

wonderful series - congratulations!

Hunter Hebenstreit
Hunter Hebenstreit 9 years ago

Incredible shots! I'm very jealous.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Congratulations Adam. Superb shots.

williefromwi
williefromwi 9 years ago

Congrats on your SOTD award. a very unusual bird, thanks so much for sharing it with all of us.

empidonax
empidonax 9 years ago

Lovely shot!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

scary lookin motha! congrats man!

Jen.J
Jen.J 9 years ago

Stunning series, great job!!

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 9 years ago

Good Job Riley!

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 9 years ago

Congrats Adam! A really great series! Love the photo of all of them together.

birdlady6000
birdlady6000 9 years ago

Congratulations! What a great spotting. Were you leading a tour at that location?

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Sick spotting and spotting of the day! Well deserved! Congrats!

Elsa
Elsa 9 years ago

What a bird!! This is the first time I hear about it. Very cool!!

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

Congratulations!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Very Decorative Bird, wonderful spotting!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 9 years ago

Congratulations Adam !!!

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 9 years ago

Congratulations Adam Riley. Nice series

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Beautiful. Congrats.

RosaJessen
RosaJessen 9 years ago

Beautiful!!

peter
peter 9 years ago

Congrats Adam, this beautiful bird was chosen as spotting of the day!

For today's spotting of the day, head to a chain of islands in Russia, to check out this beautiful Whiskered Auklet.

"The cute Whiskered Auklet is a tiny seabird in the Alcid family (puffins, guillemots etc). It is one of the more range restricted species in the family but can occur in massive numbers as experienced at Yankicha Island, a volcanic caldera making up part of the Kurils Islands of the Russian Far East."

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Liam
Liam 9 years ago

Nice one, Adam! Congratulations on Spotting of the Day!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Cool!!

AdamRiley
AdamRiley 9 years ago

Thanks for the great comments - they really are cute birds! Both sexes have these incredible head plumes.

drmo
drmo 9 years ago

Beautiful bird and photo!

patty
patty 9 years ago

Beautiful bird and pictures; the white stripes of feathers is both impressive and delightful and seems to be quite unique...Do both female and males have it? Greetings

AdamRiley
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AdamRiley

Сахалинская область, Russian Federation

Spotted on Jun 4, 2012
Submitted on Jun 10, 2012

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