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Pigeon guillemot (Cepphus columba) Half Moon Bay pelagic trip, California. Aug 17, 2019 Cepphus columba,Geotagged,Pigeon guillemot,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Pigeon guillemot (Cepphus columba)

Half Moon Bay pelagic trip, California. Aug 17, 2019

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  1. Oh, turns out we didn't have this one either! It's the Pacific counterpart to the nearly identical Black Guillemot, which is of course found on both sides of the Atlantic.
    It's also significantly more approachable (i.e. did not care about our boat) than its more pelagic relatives in the other photos!
    Posted one year ago, modified one year ago

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The pigeon guillemot is a species of bird in the auk family, Alcidae. This seabird is found on North Pacific coastal waters, from Siberia through California to Alaska. The pigeon guillemot breeds and sometimes roosts on rocky shores, cliffs, and islands close to shallow water. In the winter, some birds move slightly south in the northern-most part of their range in response to advancing ice and migrate slightly north in the southern part of their range, generally preferring more sheltered areas.

Similar species: Waders, Gulls, Auks, Etc.
Species identified by Thibaud Aronson
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By Thibaud Aronson

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Uploaded Oct 18, 2019. Captured Aug 17, 2019 09:19 in 1 Johnson Pier, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019, USA.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/9.0
  • 1/197s
  • ISO2500
  • 560mm