Oscar Dewhurst – Manx Shearwater

Skomer 05,6-07-12_0269-Manx-Shearwater

 

Oscar writes: When I was on Skomer, off the cost of Pembrokeshire, I was very surprised to see this Manx Shearwater perched on a stone wall during the middle of the day. They are nocturnal birds that breed on the island, but I was very glad to have the opportunity to see one in daylight.
Nikon D300s, Nikon 200-400mm f4 VR
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5 Replies to “Oscar Dewhurst – Manx Shearwater”

  1. Unfortunately, the brown residue on this bird's underside appears to be oil contamination. It's probably already ingested fatal amounts during preening and is on the way out - hence the reason it's loafing about on land in daylight.

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    1. I thought about oil, but did wonder if it had just emerged from a very muddy hole. Mind oil makes even more sense with it out in the day - unusual!

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      1. Good photograph, it might be interpreted as a variation on Ralph's recent cartoon perhaps? The impact of humanity on the natural world?

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  2. What was the date? It looks to have wisps of fluff in the plumage? Was it a young bird that had just failed to fledge the previous night? A bit surprising a passing gull had not had a go at it if it had been out of its burrow for long.

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