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TITLE
Kittiwakes & Guillemots
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CAITHHORZ_THUFM_PH473
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Caithness
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CAITHNESS
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Caithness Horizons
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4844
KEYWORDS
birds
seabirds
ornithology
bird life
Kittiwakes & Guillemots

The cliffs of Caithness are abundant with bird life.

On wider ledges are dense colonies of penguin like birds. These are guillemot and like the fulmar they make no nest and lay a single egg. For them there is safety in numbers, the chicks being protected by groups of adults surrounding them.

The young birds will leave the ledge at dusk to avoid predation from gulls and skuas.

One of the noisiest birds is the kittiwake (named after its call). Unlike other birds this elegant seagull with its yellow bill and solid black wing tips comes to land only to breed. It makes a nest out of weed and mud and lays two sometimes three eggs.

(Text courtesy of Highland Council Ranger Service).


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Kittiwakes & Guillemots

CAITHNESS

birds; seabirds; ornithology; bird life

Caithness Horizons

Caithness Horizons

The cliffs of Caithness are abundant with bird life.<br /> <br /> On wider ledges are dense colonies of penguin like birds. These are guillemot and like the fulmar they make no nest and lay a single egg. For them there is safety in numbers, the chicks being protected by groups of adults surrounding them.<br /> <br /> The young birds will leave the ledge at dusk to avoid predation from gulls and skuas.<br /> <br /> One of the noisiest birds is the kittiwake (named after its call). Unlike other birds this elegant seagull with its yellow bill and solid black wing tips comes to land only to breed. It makes a nest out of weed and mud and lays two sometimes three eggs.<br /> <br /> (Text courtesy of Highland Council Ranger Service). <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: joannehowdle@caithnesshorizons.co.uk">Caithness Horizons</a><br />