Declining Kittiwakes

The weather is dramatic and so are the Kittiwakes calling below:

Kittiwake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are such refined and elegant birds:

Their families are growing on small ledges at Noup Head on Westray in Orkney:

Kittiwake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The adults are busy provisioning their nests:

Kittiwake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

In Newcastle upon Tyne anti-bird netting has caught many of the chicks on commercial buildings and doomed them to a lingering death. Here they are free from netting, but just as badly affected by pollution and overfishing.

Kittiwake - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I hope future generations of people will get the same thrill that I do from seeing them successfully produce their next generation.

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