Posted by: mynaturaldiary | July 1, 2015

Fish and Chips & Fulmars

Whitby is the location of the finest Fish and Chips in the world (or so they say).

At this time of the year, it is also home to a number of Fulmars, which nest on the West Cliff, close to the harbour entrance.

The birds fly straight past the signs of the restaurant.

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Their food and attention lies elsewhere.

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Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)

They are true seabirds, and spend most of their flight gliding on flixed wings, like an Albatross.

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Their upper wings are quite dark in comparison to the lighter grey of Herring Gulls.

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They nest on the ledges of West Cliff.

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You can see their double tubular nostrils on top of their beak.

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They happily greet their mate when one returns to the nest with a display and much calling.

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It’s in the air and with their gliding that their beauty can be appreciated.

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Fulmars are quite different looking to Herring Gulls, the other type of seabird around. Bill, eyes, upper wing colour, flight pattern; all are different.

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Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

They have a look of the Jurassic about them.

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The tide turns, and soon the sea will cover the beach.

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The birds of West Cliff and the North Yorkshire coast will have it to themselves again.

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