Posted by: mynaturaldiary | April 15, 2009

Rock Pools

Staithes

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at low tide has a harbour with a mud flat,

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the haunt of wading birds and gulls.  Beyond the harbour wall, beneath the cliffs is a granite plinth, worn away to create rock pools for Limpets and Seaweed.

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The Granite plinth is well worn, revealing a banded structure within the rock.

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It’s just as well that the Limpets cling so well to the rocks, as the ever present gulls would eat them at the first opportunity.

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Nestled in the Jurassic cliffs that soar upwards from the rocks are Kittiwakes, who are beginning to nest.

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Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

By the habour wall is a Herring Gull, on the look out for that elusive free lunch.

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Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

Emerging out of the sea, to search the mudflat for lunch is a Redshank.

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Redshank (Tringa totanus)

We go away in search of our lunch too.


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