Friday, September 10, 2010

Our little albatrosses.


OK so fulmars aren't albatrosses but they are tubenoses and are basically a petrel so they are closely related to the albatrosses. So why the name fulmar? Apparently it's norse for foul gull. So why foul gull? Well put it this way - a peregrine was recently found covered in goo and taken to be rehabbed amongst much muttering of animal cruelty and so forth. It turned out to be covered in fulmar vomit. Yep. They roll with the disgusting defensive mechanisms.

Lets gloss over that and remind ourselves that these buoyant little guys are remarkably beautiful on the wing - they almost float.

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