2012/08/28

Tretåig mås - Rissa tridactyla - Black-legged Kittiwake

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Tretåig mås - Rissa tridactyla - Black-legged Kittiwake
NF Photo 120626, Staple Island, Scotland

How they could nest that way I have no idéa. I wonder how they do to secure the nest to the side of the cliff?
The comment from Ramlbing woods explain how. Thank you.


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13 comments:

  1. The nest is in a precarious spot for sure!

    Until this year I had no idea there were so many different kinds of gulls. The black-legged kittiwake is a handsome variety.

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  2. Wow, it's just hanging on!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. Such a great bird to see. Looks so clean.

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  4. What an awesome sighting, love the cute chick. Great photos!

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  5. Great photos. That nest doesn't look very secure but the young ones seem to be doing well.

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  6. Beautiful sea birds.. your images are fantastic.

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  7. I love the nest shot!

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  8. Very nice, and the nest shot is great!

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  9. This is what I found...

    Kittiwakes nest in huge colonies which can number 10,000 pairs located on cliffs. Breeding starts in mid-February when the adults return to their nesting area to hold their territory. The breeding Kittiwake will hold up nesting material to its mate as an indication of the readiness to begin constructing the nest. Every inch of space is used on the cliffs; their seaweed nests may be only a wing span from the next nest and are cemented to the cliff ledges by their own guano and mud. Huge flocks often descend onto ponds and shores to gather mud, grass, and seaweed to take back to their nests. They will also nest on man-made structures such as buildings and piers. They lay two eggs which are incubated by both adults for about 25 days. Although the eggs appear identical to our eyes, the parents can easily identify the eggs and will fiercely defend them. The chicks take 6 weeks to hatch, and after fledgling are completely independent of their parents.

    --Michelle--from Nature Notes..

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  10. Hi nice site

    http://www.rtfgrhr84kd.com/

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  11. Hej!
    Fina bilder på denna lite udda art. Alltid lika kul när man ser den här hos mig, vilket oftast bara inträffar vid höststormar.
    Ha en fin dag!
    /Ingemar

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  12. Beautiful photos the young one look great.

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