" Fulmarus Glacialis ". (Family - Procellariidae ) ,
Fulmars nesting in cliffs , near Elegug Stacks.
While the Fulmar may look like a gull, it drinks salt water and is a true Procellariidae. Gulls
must come to land to drink fresh water. Fulmars use the tubelike nostrils on top of the bill to
excrete excess salt from their bodies .
Like all petrels and shearwaters they are marine birds which spend their lives on the open
ocean except when breeding .
A tube nosed Petrel / hooked bill / Breeding resident / This grey and white seabird is related
o the albatrosses .
It flies low over the sea on stiff wings, with shallow wingbeats, gliding and banking to show
its white underparts then grey upperparts / At its breeding sites it will fly high up the cliff
face, riding the updraughts / Fulmars make guttural growls , chuckles and grunts at there
breeding sites / They defend their nests from intruders by spitting out a foul-smelling oil /
Present at the breeding sites nearly all year / Nests on a Cliff or Earth ledge 1 Brood , 1 egg ,
April - June , Incubation 52 days , Fledge 48 days .
Typical Lifespan 44years.
Location: SR 927.946