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Though it’s darker in colour, the Razorbill (Alca torda) looks, at first glance, a lot like the Guillemot but then you notice that beak, the sharpness of which is how the bird got its name. It’s a fish eater, which is why its population has been steadily declining – there just aren’t the numbers of sprats, herrings and sandeels in the ocean any more to feed these beautiful creatures.

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Like the Guillemot, the Razorbill only comes ashore to breed, which is how I got to see them close up, on my recent trip to the Farne Islands.

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Razorbills partner for life – I wonder how long these two have been together?

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