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Observed: 22nd June 2013 By: KelsaeJohnKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in BirdsKelsaeJohn’s reputation in Birds

Pictures taken by a friend of mine on a recent trip to the island of Svalbard in the Arctic region of Norway

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It is a 'blue' fulmar,

It is a 'blue' fulmar, commoner in the north.

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Hi Mydaea,
I don't know where you are getting your information from but before posting these pictures I consulted a web site by the Norwegian Polar Institute who make no mention of the sub-species you refer to. I would be grateful for further clarification.



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You would be surprised indeed

You would be surprised indeed if you knew where I got my information, but I will not enlighten you just now. Blue fulmar is not a race, but a colour form which, as I said, is commoner in the north. Occasionally it is found in UK colonies, especially in N Scotland, Orkney and Shetland. I would be amazed if Googling 'blue fulmar' did not provide a lot more information for you.

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It's a well-known colour phase of Fulmars in the more northern parts of their range. Dark phase birds are sometimes recorded off our coasts and are referred to as Blue Fulmars.

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