birds such as these become progressively more common the further north
one travels. However, they are surprsingly regular in the
north sea down to around 60 degrees north. Such individuals can be seen
almost daily anywhere from approximately 63 degrees.
The scarcity of these "blue" fulmars from seawatching headlands does
not, in my opinion reflect their true status in the North Sea.
Fulmar, Shtokman Field, Barent's Sea, October 2010
type Blue Fulmar, Aasta Hansteen, April 2020
Fulmar occur in a variety of "phases" with birds ranging in colour from
rather dark to quite pale.