Food has been so plentiful this year that there has never been any concern that the other chicks or fledglings in a brood are not getting their fair share. The diet has moved from sandeels early in the season to clupeid (sprat or herring) in the middle of the season and more recently to crustaceans and back to sandeels. They are capable of swallowing fish that seem as long as their small bodies - often the end of the fish will hang out of their beaks for some time until they are able to manoeuvre it down further. The parent is careful to present the fish so that the chick or fledgling can swallow it head first but as the fledgling gets older, and needs more frequent feeding, the parent will merely drop the fish in front of it making a hasty return to the sea. On these occasions the fledgling doesn’t always get the ‘head first’ bit right. Photo credits: Neil Bowman.