onsdag 23. juli 2014

A day at sea - Røst

One of the highlights of the summer is a trip to the open sea off Skomvær lighthouse on Røst. Equipped with a bucket of frozen cod liver, the goal is to attract storm petrels and other sea birds. This year we where surprised by massive fog, but on the way out the sun broke through and split it up into patchy fog around the islands.

On the way out we passed a small bird cliff at Gjelfruvær, housing kittiwakes and guillemots.

Guillemot (Uria aalge) - lomvi

Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) with chicks of different age - krykkje

Skomvær lighthouse disappearing in the fog

I shy fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) - havhest

As soon as we reached the open sea, we dropped the liver bait, and the storm petrels showed up in only minutes.

Storm petrels (Hydrobates pelagicus) - havsvale

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