14 September, 2009

Northern Fulmar

Scientific Name: Fulmarus glacialis

Population Estimate: 15M - 30M, Least Concern status

Range / Habitat: Breeds on steep sea cliffs in the circumpolar Arctic to subarctic. Winters at sea from ice-covered northern waters down to temperate zones.

Field Notes: Medium-sized seabird, generally gull-shaped but heavier body. White head and underparts with grey mantle like some gulls, but pale patches in primaries apparent in flight. Eyes with dark smudge and tube nose distinctive. 

Personal notes: One of our favourite sights in Iceland -- nesting Northern Fulmars.

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