Farne and Staple Islands - SydsPics
Wee hole in the clouds - Lofoten
Powered by SmugMug Log In

Preening the kid, Guillemot, Staple Island

Chicks of the common guillemot (Uria aalge), are born downy and by 10 days old they are able to regulate their own temperature. Both parents alternate between brooding the chick or foraging for food. Provisioning is usually divided equally between each parent, but unequal provisioning effort can lead to divorce. The chicks will leave the nest after 16 to 30 days (average 20–22 days) and glide down into the sea, slowing their fall by fluttering as they are not yet able to fly. Chicks glide from heights as high as 457 m (1,499 ft) to the water below.