Feb 17 2013
Something strange happened in the North Atlantic this fall that prompted thousands of seabirds to migrate much further south than normal.
This juvenile black-legged kittiwake is one of them, photographed by Dan Irizarry on February 6 in Manatee County, Florida.
Hatched somewhere in Canada or Greenland, this bird normally would have spent the winter offshore between Newfoundland and North Carolina. Instead he’s foraging at Tampa Bay.
His bold black M pattern shouts out that he’s a kittiwake.
Not only is he rare, but he really stands out.
(photo by Dan Irizarry)