UK - the Farne Islands, the rest

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3 years 5 months ago #86682 by nkgray
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There are 5 commonly encountered gulls in the Farnes. The only one I didn't see was the Common Gull <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon/eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> The others were -

Black-headed Gull



Herring Gull



Lesser Black-backed Gull



...and the Black-legged Kittiwake, a petite gull, some 4,000 pairs of which breed in the Farnes choosing very precarious ledges on cliffs for their nest sites





The tubenose petrel family is represented in the high northern latitudes by the Northern Fulmar, up to 200 pairs of which breed in the Farnes each summer.





Other large seabirds seen include the Razorbill







and European Shag

here nesting,



a female receiving new nestbuilding material from her partner. Shag lay 3 eggs and all have hatched successfully.



and this individual landed and proceeded to evict the guillemots from their perch



Two duck species were seen -

Mallard - male (below) and female



Common Eider - male and female





and these females very vocally warding off a circling Herring Gull from their ducklings



In the seething mass of other birds it would be easy to overlook the few Eurasian Oystercatcher



and even smaller Eurasian Rock Pipit




Neil

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3 years 4 months ago #86689 by Doug
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Beautiful images Neil


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