Posted by: mynaturaldiary | July 2, 2011

Bempton Cliffs

Bempton Cliffs are a spectacular RSPB reserve set upon the Yorkshire Coast.

The boat sets off from Bridlington, before passing Flamborough Head, where this sea stack resides, the home of many seabirds.

These include Razorbills.

Razorbill (Alca torda)

And Kittiwakes

Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

These wheel around the cliffs in the sunlight before landing on their nest sites, which seem to be impossibly narrow ledges.

Fulmars are another of the residents.

Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)

There is some spectacular folding in the Cretaceous rocks just before Bempton Cliffs.

But the highlight of the trip are the Gannets and their Gannetry on the 400′ high Bempton Cliffs.

Gannets are wonderful birds. In the distance you can see they are large birds.

But close up you see how big they are.

Gannet (Morus bassanus)

Their yellow head is most striking, offest against their white bodies.

Let’s leave them with a picture of a bird at sea, alone.

apart from the

passing Guillemots.

Back in harbour at Bridlington, Herring Gulls take their chance by the Quayside. Normally big, they now look tiny against the Gannets we’ve just seen.

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

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