Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 206 - Fulmar

For me, the Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) is the archetypal cliff-top bird.  As a kid I nerd saw birds like Puffins or Razorbills - but I do have clear memories of seeing Fulmar.   I can never see them now without thinking of the phrase 'I can't bend my wings' as I see their wonderful 'stiff-winged' flight as being the easiest way of separating them from gulls.

These pictures were all taken at or around Marwick Head on the Mainland Island of Orkney.  The birds are related to Albatros and are part of the 'tube nose' group of birds.  You can see the tube noses in some of these pictures.

Compared to some of my recent posts, this bird is doing reasonably well, and is expanding its breeding range.












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32 comments:

NatureFootstep said...

this is a bird I really grew fond of when I visited Scotland. It is a gorgeous bird and larger then I thought :)

Thanks for sharing the images :)

Margaret Adamson said...

the Fulmar is a lovely bird ot see whether on land or in flight. Thanks for hosting Stewart

Gayle venturesinphotos said...

Love these photos from all angles.

Findlay Wilde said...

I always enjoy watching the Fulmars when we go to Cornwall and to Anglesey. Fantastic pictures of them, especially against the sea.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your flight shots are spectacular. So enjoyed this whole series. We're just settling in after our cross country roadtrip ... I will be back to catch up with your adventures soon. Thanks as always for hosting .

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Splendid flight shots and closeups!

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Wonderful shots!

Linda W. said...

Nice action shots of the birds in flight!

Silver Parrot said...

Their beaks are so unusual...almost like they have some kind of cyber-device attached. Cool photos!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful Fulmars, and the islands of Orkney. Your shots are fantastic.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, I am not sure I have seen the Fulmars. Your photos are wonderful, great series.

Thanks for hosting WBW! Have a happy week!

TexWisGirl said...

very cool birds. nice cliff-side flight shots.

TheChieftess said...

Nicely captured Stewart!!!

Lee said...

I just love the look of the feathers on their chests. I bet they feel lovely and soft, too. I wanted to reach out and touch them...beautiful.

mick said...

Beautiful birds and really magnificent in flight. Your photos of the bird diving are especially great.

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! Love the flight shots!

Jo said...

Hi Stewart, what majestic birds. I love that they are part of the "tube nose birds" Thanks for hosting this meme. I only have a "common" fiscal today but it always makes a great subject. Have a good day. Jo

Gunilla Bäck said...

It's a beautiful bird. Thanks for hosting!

Lady Fi said...

So lovely!

Adam Jones said...

Wonderful birds to watch with that stiff wing beat.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

All nice shots. Sweet looking birds. I particularly like that third shot.

photodoug said...

Stewart, what a handsome bird. Thanks for sharing.

pattisjarrett said...

The tube nose is interesting, wasn't familiar with it. They sure make flying look easy--and fun!

Missy George said...

Beautiful "in flight" shots Stewart..Looks very much like an Albatross..they make one want to be able to fly!!

A Quiet Corner said...

Great...super great... close-ups, Stewart!...I can never get the sea birds in flight...NEVER!!!...:)JP

Nora said...

I hope you are having a great holiday Stewart. This is such a beautiful clean looking bird. cheers.

Linda said...

Your in-flight shots are spectacular!

Phil Slade said...

That stalling into the wind is very impressive - in real life and in your pictures Stewart. It's not a bird I see much living as I do in the flatlands.

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful shots, Stewart!

Chris Rohrer said...

I love Fulmars. What a beautiful bird. I've only seen the Northern species but wow! How do you capture all these sea birds so clearly??!! You do a fantastic job!

Denise inVA said...

A sweet bird. Great photos and especially enjoyed the ones in flight.

David Gascoigne said...

It's great to have birds that evoke childhood memories.