A flock of Guillemots
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Common guillemots (Uria aalge) fly over northeastern Norway. The largest of the auk species, guillemots are one of the most abundant seabirds in temperate and colder parts of the northern hemisphere. The bird is gregarious, and breeds in colonies that can number into the tens of thousands.
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Markus Varesvuo is a Finnish wildlife photographer specialised in birds. He turned his life-long hobby of bird watching and photography into professional wildlife photography in 2005. He has been awarded several wildlife and nature prizes such as the 2011 GDT European Wildlife Photographer Award in the category Birds. Varesvuo has published several books; among which are Birds: Magic Moments, his first international bestseller in 2011, and The Handbook of Bird Photography in 2013, written together with colleagues and friends Bence Máté and Jari Peltomäki.
Varesvuo is the co-founder of the bird photography platform birdphoto.fi, a website which combines the work of four competing nature photographers and offers editors and picture researchers a library of bird photos. The site has more than 46,000 images of 566 species.
Varesvuo is a Canon Explorer and a member of the team of photographers of the Wild Wonders of Europe initiative. He currently lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.