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Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Common Murre Day 7 of Our Newfoundland Adventure at Cape St. Mary's
My fourth group of photos from Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve is Razorbills, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Common Murre. There are other species present including Thick-billed Murre, Black Guillemot and Black-backed and Herring Gulls but these nesters are less common on the cliff face. Indeed one risks life and limb by trying to get decent photos of the Thick-billed Murre colony which is way down below closer to the water.
Note the sharp pointed bill which is excellent for stabbing rather than grabbing prey.
This smallish gull has an interesting flight pattern allowing for easy identification. It has a swift graceful flight with several rapid shallow wing-beats interspersed with glides. It also hovers over water before diving for prey.
Keywords: Black-legged Kittiwake, Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, Common Murre, Newfoundland, Razorbill
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