Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Northern Fulmar


Despite their looks, Fulmars are more closely related to the likes of petrels, shearwaters and albatrosses than they are to gulls. They are easy to recognise in flight due to their stiff-winged flapping. Found only on St Kilda until the 1900s, the islanders harvested them for a wide range of uses; fulmar oil (vomited over those who disturb the nest) was prized for its supposed medicinal properties.
This particular bird was photographed on the cliffs of Pembrokeshire, at Martin's Haven.

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