My Recent Trip To RSPB Bempton Cliffs

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Northern Gannet

The Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) is one of my favorite sea birds. It has a beautiful blue eye which us set against a pastel yellow nape. They nest in large colonies and are very territorial. Gannets mate for life and return to the same nest year after year.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

A photo of a Northern Gannet at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire.

 

Guillemot

The Common Guillemot (Uria aalge) is a member of the Auk family. It spends most of its life at sea and the only time that you will find ut on the land is when it is breeding. These birds are very pretty to look at despite being quite plain in appearance.

A photo of a Common Guillemot at RSPB Bempton Cliffs in North Yorkshire

Puffin

The Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is one of the most beautiful sea birds, and one that brings the crowds to RSPB Bempton Cliffs. It has an unusually shaped beak, which is has bright orange streaks and has saw like mandibles. The serrated beak means that the Puffin can catch many sand eels at the same time and they cannot subsequently fall from its jaw.

This is a photo of a Puffin taken at RSPB Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshure.

Kittywake with chick

I love to see the new chucks sitting upon the nest and being attended to by their parents. This photo is of a family of Kittywakes, and a hungry chick.

A photo of a Kittywake chuck and parent taken at RSPB Bempton Cliffs in North Yorkshire.

Photographers

Some of these people had incredibly large lenses, and I am aware that they cost several thousands of pounds. I was left wondering whether their lenses really made photos any better than what I have taken today? I suspect not, I have a few high quality photos that I am really impressed with.

This is a photo of photographers taking photos of Gannets at RSPB Bempton Cliffs on North Yorkshure.

27 Replies to “My Recent Trip To RSPB Bempton Cliffs”

    1. Thanks Em. Learning is fun. It’s always good to explore. I’m getting into the habit of adding some background information to photos when I can, and doing the additional research is better than relying upon my memory.

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  1. Superb Richard. It shows the strength of the Olympus system that I think you are using tomsuch good effect. My favourite is the pair who have crossed bills and the attentive audience.

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  2. Wonderful pictures, I really like the closeup on the Gannet showing the blue fading on the back. And I just realized that I’ve seen these birds before (not as close, mind you) as there’s a colony of them in Gaspésie (Eastern Canada), where there are known as “Fous de Bassan”… Small world!

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    1. Oh wow, that’s wonderful. There are many different types of Gannet. They are part of the same family, but have distinct features. Such as the Galapagos blue footer booby. I’m glad that you got to see them.

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