Sunday, June 15, 2008

Heading North for Seabirds - Other Species from Staple Island

While on Staple Island, although I concentrated mainly on the puffins there are a few other bird species present to keep the camera shutter busy. The isalnd has huge numbers of guillemots although I did not take many shots of them. A moment of 'affection' between a pair.
The guillemots were being kept busy my the constantly circling gulls that were trying to pick off unguarded chicks. Nature in the raw.
A few razorbill were also present.
Number of Kittwake were coming in back in to nests with their characteristic calls.

and numbers of Shag were present and mainly sitting on nests.

Business end of a shag with that unusual green eye
Our next stop on the tour was a 2 hour stop off at Inner Farne Island which is my favourite out of the two landing sites due to the Arctic and Sandwich Terns but that will have to wait for the next post.


kjpweb said...

You don't disappoint! Is Shag another term for Cormorant? - that's what they look like...
Good work!
Cheers, Klaus

Rich Steel said...

Thanks Klaus. The Shag is a different species. Much smaller than a cormorant but similar in habitat. It was a shame the light was not better as they have a very nice green sheen to their feathers.




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