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Razorbills, Kittiwakes and Common Murre Day 7 of Our Newfoundland Adventure at Cape St. Mary's

August 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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.


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Common Murre

Note the sharp pointed bill which is excellent for stabbing rather than grabbing prey. NFLDay7-13NFLDay7-13 NFLDay7-14NFLDay7-14 NFLDay7-15NFLDay7-15 NFLDay7-16NFLDay7-16 NFLDay7-17NFLDay7-17

Black-legged Kittiwake 

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.