Posted by: mynaturaldiary | June 21, 2017

Roll up

The New roll up viewpoint at RSPB Bempton Cliffs offers fine views of the sea cliffs, and the colony of birds which nest there. Gannets are the star attractions.

Up close the birds show their huge wingspan

And they soar on the southerly breeze.

Gannet (Morus bassanus)

(see video here).

On the cliff edges they nest. You can see their chicks peeking out from underneath the adults.

In this picture you can also see Razorbills, and Kittiwakes.

Razorbills are powerfully built birds. They nest on seemingly impossibly narrow ledges.

Razorbill (Alca torda)

In contrast, Kittiwakes are elegant gulls.

Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

Fulmars are another seabird on the cliffs.

Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)

They are true gliding birds, barely flapping their wings.

The cliff tops abound with wild flowers

Tree sparrows were at the Visitors Centre


Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

Finally Swallows made their split turns in the skies.

Swallow (Hirundo rustica)



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