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The ultimate commuter

by Neil Alexander

Every Friday, Darren invites someone to become ‘Guest Editor’ for the day to choose and discuss three or four images that have not been previously published on the website.  Today’s Guest Editor is Neil Alexander (also known as Manctog). a landscape, travel and portrait photographer based in South Manchester. Neil says he wouldn’t really call himself a professional photographer, nor an amateur.  He would simply say that photography is his calling… his ramblings and work can be perused at his website and more concise daily nonsense on his Twitter feed.

This image, I think is of an Arctic Tern. With its long tail streamers and little black cap covering its eyes, looking almost like a masked bank robber, this photograph oozes grace and poise.  Apparently Arctic terns are the ultimate long distance migrants – summer visitors to the UK and winter visitors to the Antarctic – now that’s some commute!

I’d like to have seen the tip of its tail and other wing, but that just me being finicky.  In researching these lil’ fellas, I’ve learnt a new word- kleptoparasitism. It literally means parasitism by theft, a form of feeding by taking the food that another animal has caught.  Terns apparently only engage in this practice occasionally, unlike the taxman who is well versed in the practice.

While I remember, this reminds me of a particularly funny sketch from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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