Along the Westray coast are hundreds of Fulmars’ nests. Their fluffy chicks are a constant surprise while scrambling among the rocks. They spit rancid fish oil at intruders, which explains their local name, Mallimack, or ‘bad mouth’. They are such a contrast with the elegant adults wheeling and swirling overhead.
They are the most adept of fliers. They will often ‘patrol’ the coastline and fly without a single flap of their wings.
They have effortless beauty. ‘Bad mouth’ doesn’t come anywhere near describing them.
Mallimack lifeFulmars are my favourite birds to watch flying. They have an effortless confidence on the wind, and glide with stiff… read more