Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 22, 2016

Crocodile Coast

The coast at Sandsend looking north resembles a crocodile head lurking in the sea.

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Walking along this cliff by the sea reveals red campion.

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Further along the cliff, Fulmars are nesting.

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Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)

They are true seabirds, only coming ashore to breed. They fly with stiff wings, gliding wherever possible.

At the very top of the cliff that juts out to the sea is an area of shale, which in turn forms a small cliff, just about head height.

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Without a reference scale, this could appear much bigger than it is, a kind of fractal to the seacliff face beyond.

Back home at Café Twitch, this year’s Blackbird fledglings start their perilous journey to adulthood outside the nest.

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Blackbird (Turdus merula)

It has no tail feathers, and can barely fly. You can also see the wide gape.

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It calls constantly to its parents, who feed it dilligently. When not seeking food, it lurks in the undergrowth, keeping out of sight. Good luck, little bird.

 


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