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|Fulmarus glacialis the Northern Fulmar:|
The Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), or Arctic Fulmar lives in the north Atlantic and north Pacific. These fulmars look superficially like gulls, but are unrelated, and are in fact petrels. The species is grey and white with a yellow bill, 43-52 cm in length with a 101-117 cm wingspan. The Northern Fulmar has both a light morph and dark morph plumage.
The Northern Fulmar breeds on cliffs, laying a single white egg. Unlike many small to medium birds in the Procellariiformes they are neither nocturnal breeders, nor do they use burrows; their eggs are laid on the bare rock or in shallow depressions lined with plant material. Nesting birds and chicks can eject an evil smelling stomach oil up to 2 m, which repels unwanted visitors.
Like other petrels, their walking ability is limited, but they are strong fliers, with a stiff wing action quite unlike the gulls. They look bull-necked compared to gulls, and have short stubby bills. They are long-lived, with a lifespan of 40 years not uncommon.
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I love the space of the wings here, the span is incredible, which is why I like the composition. Excellent notes and good details, especially since he is in flight. Nice white cloud, too, offsetting a completely blue sky.
Hi Pierre Heimann,
Beautiful shot in full spreading wings. Nice details of the plumage and you have framed it beautifully against the blue sky,
TFS and best regards,