Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Breeding failure?

For the first time since I moved to Shetland about 5 years ago, the usual 'late Summer' post breeding congregation of Kittiwake at Toft ferry terminal, is noticeable in it's complete lack of juvenile birds this year! does this mean a total failure of local birds? this is a shame indeed, as I reckon this is one species where the juv/first winter birds actually look nicer than the adults!

The local Arctic Skuas were still in attendance, and always ready for a free meal though. Which in turn made for some very interesting and fast photography...

On a separate note. I'm in the process of swapping my broadband from AOL to BT. So if I'm off line for a while then you know it's not gone to plan...


  1. The kittiwake breeding season has been close to a total crash at many places at the Faroe Islands. There are a few 1cy birds around, but nothing compared to "normal", which by the way lies quite a few years back...

  2. I've just managed to see the first local juv birds (all two of them!) at Toft. Though with the young birds numbering less than 2% of the total birds present, it don't look too good!