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St Kilda is a major seabird breeding ground, and the islanders took gannets, fulmars and puffins for food, feathers and oil, some of which they consumed themselves, the rest going to pay the rent. The birds were taken during the breeding season which lasted from about March to September. They were caught by hand, or with a fowling rod or a snare.

Getting the fulmar
Photograph: George Washington Wilson Collection, University of Aberdeen



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