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Fulmar Petrel, Shetland

Richard Ion

Lancaster, United Kingdom

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This text is a copy of the last fulmar pictures and is included for completeness!)

I’ve tried but failed. I was hoping to keep the number of fulmar shots down but each one I have shows something more about what are to me the birds of the wild coast!
They only come in from the oceans to breed and, as you can see from this image they have rather long legs which make walking (and landing!) hard work – they are designed for paddling. The tube arrangement on the top of their beak is probably to filter out excess salt as they normally don’t have access to fresh water.
This one is nesting at Esha Ness on Shetland’s NW coast, along with many thousands of others and they are very relaxed about photographers getting this close (about 12 feet or so but with a drop of about 200 feet directly between the fulmar and me!!).
Indeed to get much closer would be a folly on my part as they can and will direct a jet of very smelly, oily fish vomit at any one or thing that makes them feel uneasy!!! Be warned!
Thanks for looking
Richard

Tech detls
Nikon D300
Nikon VR 80-400mm @340mm
f7.1 1/500s
ISO200

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