5 Fulmars on the 5th

This is my first post of 2017, so firstly a Happy New Year to everyone. I’m certainly hoping for a smoother year than the one we’ve just had, and with luck a few more photos.

I’m starting the year with five photos of the fabulous Rottingdean fulmars, taken this morning. I can watch these amazing birds for hours as they skim the cliffs and make their numerous attempts to land on the narrow ledges and crannies they call home. Most times they fail (their legs are not built for strength), but they do make it occasionally (assuming they can withstand the onslaught of fulmar-abuse from the current occupants (as you will see).

Fulmar flying along Rottingdean Cliffs, East Sussex

A landing attempt. The current occupant is not happy!

The fulmar retreats (only to try again)

Another fulmar fails to land!

But life can be sweet for fulmars, as this pair show.

Camera note: all photos taken with the Canon 7D Mark II and EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.

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  1. Darko January 6, 2017 at 12:56 am #

    I think she was yelling at him to go bring some food, on the last photo 😛

    Happy New Year, Paul!!!

    • Words January 12, 2017 at 11:13 pm #

      Darko, they sit and squabble a lot. Their call is more of a cackle than anything else. Not too loud, but very distinctive.

  2. derwandersmann January 6, 2017 at 4:26 am #

    Nice shots, Paul … it’s good to see you in this groove again.

  3. Magdalena Portmann January 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    An exquisite set, Paul!

  4. Words January 12, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    Charles, thanks! It was nice to get the chance to get out.

  5. Words January 12, 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    Hi Magdalena! Thanks! One of my favourite haunts.