|Keep on scanning, keep on scanning...there are Dovekie everywhere!|
|Dovekie partially eaten by a Great Black-backed Gull.|
|Note the Northern Fulmar at bottom left. Not everyday you get a picture of one through a camera phone :-)|
|Atlantic Puffin captured with an HTC Incredible Android phone and Zeiss 7x42 binocular.|
Dovekies must be a major food source for gulls out this far, we saw Herring Gulls, Great Black-backed Gulls, and a Northern Fulmar eating Dovekies on the water. We scared one gull of a Dovekie and scooped it up for a museum specimen.
Long trip (12 hours) on very smooth seas (thank goodness!). I only saw 16 species out on the ocean, but fortunately there was a little bit of light as we pulled into the harbor, so I got to see another dozen species or so, including Purple Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Great Cormorant, and Long-tailed Duck.
So, if Dovekie is still a mythical bird for you, time to get out on one of these winter pelagics, lately they've found that Dovekie is by far the most common species once you get out far enough.
More of my own photos are on Facebook.