Gulls, guillemots, puffins, kittiwakes, gannets and murres, all common seabirds I see on my walks on the East Coast Trail. This morning I watched all of these guys feasting on the capelin just off Torbay Point, when a ‘new bird’ swam into view, I didn’t recognize it by its shape or colours, or by its behaviour.
It was very foggy on the water around the point, so in the picture shown above I greatly boosted the contrast to more easily identify the bird using my bird guide at home. After looking it up I can tell you it’s a great shearwater and it turns out I had seen it before, on a boat tour in the summer of 2010.
To show you just how foggy it was at Torbay Point, here’s an untouched photo of a humpback whale swimming by: