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Pigeon guillemot        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Pigeon guillemots are medium-sized alcids that nest singly in beach debris, old buildings, cliff holes, or other shelters along the Pacific coast from California into Alaska.   They often rest in small groups and frequently attract attention with their high, twittering, whistled calls and their startlingly red feet and mouths.  These summer-plumaged birds were photographed on overcast days (not ideal for flight shots) at Pt. Lobos near Carmel and in Santa Cruz, both in central California.   Pictures of sitting birds are on this page.

  • Canon 7D2 or 5D4, 800 mm IS lens or 100-400 Mk. II zoom (2017, 2019)