Manx Shearwater Skulls

These are some of the Manx Shearwater skulls I found on Skomer Island in Wales. When I got home I had to clean them up by pulling off the feathers that were still left on and then putting them in hot water so I could clean up the skull.

If you look at the photos one of the skulls has thinner sections in it, I think this one is a juvenile bird and the skull hasn’t finished growing.

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Skomer August 2013

When me and my family went to Wales we went to Skomer Island by boat, it was really exciting, it took 20 minutes to get there. While we were waiting we saw loads of Moon Jelly Fish.

We stayed on Skomer for a whole day and explored the island, we saw Puffins, Fulmars, Manx Shearwaters, Chough, Peregrine Falcon, Gulls, Grey Seals, rabbits, butterflies, lots of dead birds and Sexton beetles, these are beetles that eat up the dead bodies of animals and birds, they have a lovely red and black pattern on them and they are about 2.5cm long.

The dead birds were Manx Shearwaters that the Great Black Back gulls had killed and eaten, but had left their wings and heads. I bought some of the dead birds home, they didn’t have any flesh on them, just dried skin and feathers.

I had a fantastic time on Skomer, it was really fun. I loved seeing all the different birds, I couldn’t believe how many different ones I saw in one day.

Teal Duck

This is the very first taxidermy bird I got, I saved up my pocket money and bought it myself. It was in an old case with other birds, but the case had been broken so the birds got sold one by one. I bought the male Teal duck because I like the pattern and the bird.

About Teal ducks:
They are the smallest common surface feeding duck, they are very agile and quick when they are flying. They are normally in groups of 20-40 along well vegetated or muddy shores and wet marshes.
Nesting: down lined hollow near water; 8-11 eggs;1 brood; April-June.
Weight: 250-400g
Wingspan: 58-64cm
Lifespan: 10-15 years