Black-legged Kittiwakes

1/320s at f5.6, ISO:400, Canon Mark III 1Ds w/800mm

The Black-legged Kittiwake is a coastal breeding bird around the north Pacific and north Atlantic oceans, found most commonly in North America and Europe. It breeds in large colonies on extremely steep cliffs and is very noisy on the breeding ground. One to two buff spotted eggs are laid in the nest lined with moss or seaweed. The downy young of Kittiwakes are white, since they have no need of camouflage from predators, and do not wander from the nest. Juveniles take three years to reach maturity. Kittiwakes are fish feeders.