Striking breeding plumage makes the Black Guillemot a "must see"
Our Expert Says… "Black guillemots are very relaxed and can be quite curious about Arctic explorers! They'll often come quite close to us in Zodiacs and seem to enjoy posing for photographs, making a striking image against the pristine ice."
The black guillemot is sometimes also known as the tystie. This is a medium-sized seabird, a member of the auk family, that is known for its breeding plumage - jet black all over except for a patch of bright white on the top of the wings. Their feet and legs also turn a beautiful coral-red at this time, as does the inside of their mouth, making them a striking bird to spot.
Our trips to spot the Black Guillemot