Sunday, February 11, 2007

Black Legged Kittiwake

Approximately 30 minutes drive from my house is the Witless Bay Bird Sanctuary. Several boat tour companies operate in the area and during the summer thousands of people visit the islands to see whales, puffins, murres, kittiwakes and other seabirds that are abundant that time of the year.

Today I have chosen to send four images of kittiwakes, a small seagull that is fairly common around the Witless Bay area. The first one shows one of the birds sitting on a small ledge on the side of a steep cliff. The other photo shows these birds in flight. They are hunting capelin, a small fish that spawns on the beaches all around the Island of Newfoundland. Kittiwakes are excellent fliers and it is a pleasure to watch, and photograph, them.

I have uploaded a Kittiwake Gallery to my web site. Feel free to take a look at the other photos displayed there.

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