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|The Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) is a seabird species in the gull family Laridae.|
It is a coastal breeding bird around the north Pacific and north Atlantic oceans, found most commonly in North America and Europe. It breeds in large colonies on cliffs and is very noisy on the breeding ground. Cliff nesting for gulls occurs only in the Rissa species, and the Kittiwake is capable of utilizing the very sheerest of vertical cliffs, as is evident in their nesting sites on Staple Island in the outer Farne Islands (Hogan, 2005). One to two buff spotted eggs are laid in the nest lined with moss or seaweed. The downy young of Kittiwakes are white, since they have no need of camouflage from predators, and do not wander from the nest like Larus gulls for obvious safety reasons.
At fledging, the juveniles differ from the adults in having a black 'W' band across the length of the wings and whiter secondary and primary feathers behind the black 'W', a black hind-neck collar and a black terminal band on the tail. The old fisherman's name of "tarrock" for juvenile Kittiwakes is still occasionally used.
They are fish feeders, and are more pelagic than Larus gulls outside the breeding season. They do not scavenge at tips like some other gull species.
In Romania is a very rare bird. For the first time observed in greater numbers, 6 exemplares of this species
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I like these birds. Nice point of view. Very good presentation.
Have a nice weekend,
very nice to see this picture
great details and good sharpness with super naturel colours
thanks greeting lou
Bellissima foto di questo gruppo di gabbiani, ottima nitidezza e stupendi i colori naturali, bene la gestione della luce complimenti.
- [2012-11-02 15:53]
Hi Jozsef,very nice bird group taken in the best moment whit the best light so well exposed.Great details,bright reflections and composition!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
- [2012-11-03 1:35]
Nice birds party. Colours,composition and details are very good.
Detalii imresionante si culori minunate. Un weekend placut!