Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Black-legged Kittiwake

 Somehow the Common Murre, Razorbill and the Black-legged Kittiwake find a way to share the real estate on Great Island, Witless Bay, Newfoundland. Yet, there is no doubt that birds of a feather do flock together. The Kittiwake seem to need more space per bird than do the murres.

In this image, the Kittiwake are occupying the upper deck while the Common Murre reside below. The Murre look like small penguins all lined up in a row.
This photo shows more detail of the individual nests used by the Kittiwake. They are actually hanging on the edge of the cliff.

Zooming in a little bit closer I was able to show the black legs, dark eye and plain yellow bill of the Kittiwake. Also nestled closely to the parent is a baby Kittiwake. This is the first time that I have seen the very young of any gull. It looks so innocent and quiet.

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