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  • n. Plural form of kittiwake.


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  • Hatch calls kittiwakes the "white lab rats" of the seabird world because they're so common and easy to study.

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  • I have seen them take as many as six of raki before dinner, and swear that they dined the better for it: I tried the experiment, but fared like the Scotchman, who having heard that the birds called kittiwakes were admirable whets, ate six of them, and complained that "he was no hungrier than when he began."

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  • With huge 200,000-strong colonies of little auk thronging the cliffs and shores, kittiwakes next to the cobalt blue glaciers, walrus wallowing in the shallows, Arctic foxes, whales and, of course, one of the ultimate wildlife sightings, the mighty polar bear, frequently seen hunting in its frosty backyard on ice floes.

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  • Here we are treated to dazzling airborne displays by razorbills, kittiwakes and petrels, while friendly puffins strut their stuff, posing while we click away.

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  • Dainty black-legged kittiwakes and glaucous gulls flew in swirling clouds overhead while black-and-white thick-billed and common murres skimmed low across the water, looking like tuxedo-clad squadrons on maneuvers.

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  • We pass between small rocky islands where kittiwakes roost.

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  • Daily energy expenditure and energy utilization of free-ranging black-legged kittiwakes.

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  • Egg collecting is permitted from herring gulls, great black-backed gulls, common gulls, and blacklegged kittiwakes early in the laying season.

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  • Murres and eiders are the most heavily harvested species, but others such as dovekies and kittiwakes are also harvested frequently in some regions of the country (Fig. 11.13).

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  • I had the task of launching into the sky all the seabirds from all the cliffs of Shetland: the shags and razorbills from the boulders at the sea edge, the guillemots and kittiwakes from the open faces of rock, the gannets from their shantytowns along ridge backs and fault lines, the fulmars from the tussocked neuks below the cliff lip, and the puffins from their burrows in the turf on the top.

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