Joe Pender Wildlife Photography

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

European Storm Petrel

I never get tiered of seeing Storm petrels on are pelagic trips they breed on inaccessible islands in the north Atlantic and western Mediterranean, with the core population in western Ireland, northwest Scotland and the Faroe Islands, where the worldwide biggest colony breeds on the island of Nólsoy. The largest colony in the Mediterranean is found in Filfla island Malta were there is up to 5,000 pairs It is strictly pelagic outside the breeding season, and this, together with its remote breeding sites, makes Storm Petrel a difficult bird to see from land. Only in Atlantic storms might this species be pushed into the headlands of south-western Ireland and England.

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