Shearwater – Julian Ruddock

The shearwaters recorded in this film were seen at Borth in August 2012, feeding with gannets on shoals of sand eels. The scientific name of the species, Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) replaced the original Manks Puffin, which was used in the 17th century and describes the typical shearing flight of the bird close over the waters surface. As a seabird related to the albatross it is beautifully adapted to live at sea, yet struggles on land where it returns at night to burrows underground, from which it often emits eerie contact calls. The feeding behavior of the birds, competing for resources with other species, indicates the drive for survival that all species exhibit.


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