Northern Fulmar

Often mistaken for a gull, the Northern Fulmar is actually a petrel and like other petrels has distinctive tubular nostrils.

On Lundy throughout the summer the birds can be seen nesting all around the island with the largest single colony at Gannets Rock on the north east coast.  At the nest site they can be seen flying off and round in a circular motion on stiff outstretched wings.  On land its weak feet make it clumsy, more suited to life at sea. The birds feed on or at the sea's surface and often gather in large flocks to scavenge around fishing boats.  The cliffs around Lundy are ideally suited to the Fulmar which chooses exposed cliff ledges to breed on.  The female lays one egg a year which takes 52 days to incubate, however despite this low reproductivity the species is exceptionally long-lived for its size, with ages of over 50 years recorded.

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