Birds of Ireland

Fulmar

Fulmar

The Fulmar is widespread throughout Ireland, but only along the coastline. It is a large gull-like bird that is distinctive for the nostrils that stand out on its beak, These are used for excreting salt, but they also excrete a nasty smelling oil at any intruders that come to close to their nest.

Best Sites

The Fulmar builds its nest on a cliff face so anywhere there are rocky headlands and cliffs will be a good place to look. Howth Head and Loughshinny in Dublin are good sites in Spring, Summer and Autumn as it can spend long periods at sea in Winter.

Fulmar at Loughshinny, Dublin: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/1600 SEC, F10 ISO 500

Fulmar at Loughshinny, Dublin: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/640 Sec, F10, ISO 250

Fulmar at Loughshinny, Dublin: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1.4 Ext, 1/1600 Sec, F10, ISO 1000

Fulmar at Great Saltee Island,Wexford: Canon 7D MKll, 70 - 300 Lens, 1/500 Sec, F6.3, ISO 500

Fulmar at Howth, Dublin: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/640 Sec, F13, ISO 1000

Fulmar at Howth, Dublin: Canon 7D MKll, 100 - 400 Lens, 1/2000 Sec, F10, ISO 800