Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus)
Manx Shearwater, Western Isles, Scotland, August 2003 - click for larger image Western Isles, Scotland
August 2003

The Manx Shearwater breeds on islands and coastal cliffs in the North Atlantic. It breeds in large colonies and it nests in burrows excavated in soft ground with a chamber at the end. After breeding it migrates south to places such as South America.

Manx Shearwater, Western Isles, Scotland, August 2003 - click for larger image It flies close to the surface of the sea on stiff, straight wings which it beats rapidly then glides using the airlift from the sea.

It feeds on small fish and shellfish which it captures either on the surface or by diving. They often gather offshore in large "rafts" as can be seen in the third photo. This is usually in the afternoon in preparation for visiting their nest-sites which they always do at night.

Manx Shearwater, Western Isles, Scotland, August 2003 - click for larger image
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