Wednesday 4 June 2014

Feeding Frenzy

Dinner time for a Shag chick (David Steel)

Its all about regurgitation! (David Steel)

Sand-eels being brought in by Artcic Terns (David Kinchin-smith)

Rock Pipits feeding young (David Kinchin-smith)

Wednesday 4th June comments: It’s becoming a crucial time of year on the Farne Islands as chicks of all species are now hatching. That means one things for parents; hungry mouths to feed. The seabirds of the Farnes will be on the move from first-light (04:00) through to dusk which can be beyond 23:00 during this time of year and its tiring work.

The non-stop activity is vital to the success of the colony as birds seek out their favourite prey; the Sand-eels. It’s very early days but indications suggest its going to be a good year for food supply, so we now just need the weather to hold and we’ll be celebrating another Farnes success season in a few months time. However there is a long way to go before then, so fingers crossed…

1 comment:

Mike Pollard said...

Hi - I've just posted some images taken on the islands earlier this week on my blog. Awesome experience. Many thanks.