Adult Northern Fulmar (subspecies F. g. glacialis) - at Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumbria - July 2009
Featured Subspecies: Fulmarus glacialis glacialis
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
Out of all the the petrel and shearwater family in the UK, seeing a fulmar is exponentially easier than seeing any other one of that group. It is a purely coastal bird, and despite superficial resemblance to a gull, isn't closely related to them. Personally, my favourite way to view this bird is to stand at the top of a cliff near where they are nesting and get close aerial views as they use the wind along the cliff to swoop or hover. Found among much of the UK coast, they should be a relatively easy target to see.
Subspecies: F. g. glacialis, F. g. auduboni, F. g. rodgersii
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UNITED KINGDOM - An localised resident breeding species (500,000 pairs) and abundant Wintering resident (1,600,000 birds)