Since we were fogbound for at least the morning, Jen put on a pot of coffee and I decided it would be a good time to download and start reviewing and editing my images from the past few days in
About noontime the fog lifted, and we decided to go over to the Preserve and take a walk (also because that is one of the only areas on the
When you walk into the Preserve your senses are consumed with the mild awakening of fresh air filtered through a potpourri of Spruce, Rugosa Rose and wildflowers; it was quite refreshing! Rugosa Rose-
And the ever present Osprey…….
What a great way to end the day!
Lane’s Island Nature Preserve (green arrow) and the Tidewater Hotel (red arrow)-
Within a short time, the clouds cleared and the sun came out again. As we were loading our car, I decided to make an attempt to see if I can get close enough to the Guillemots for close images. I walked between the buildings and on to the granite pier. I peeked over the top but the two alcids were gone. Where did they go? That was soon answered when both birds popped up near the wall only a few yards away. They both had made a dive at the same time and when they came to the surface, there I was. I took quite a few images of these Guillemots as they slowly swam away from shore. What a great way to end a birding vacation on Vinalhaven with these two Guillemots, Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murre, and the amazing Red-billed Tropicbird!