Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 21, 2018

Sea Green

At Bempton Cliffs which offers fine views of the sea cliffs, bright sunshine made the sea look blue at a distance

then looking directly down at it, deep sea green.

You can see Guillemots on the surface (top right and centre on the picture below), together with Razorbills (bottom left); both sea birds that only come on shore to breed.

Guillemots have sharp bills for catching fish.

Guillemot (Uria aalge)

whereas Razorbills have broader, more powerful looking bills.

Razorbill (Alca torda)

They both nest on ledges on the sheer faces of Bempton Cliffs. Other birds do that too, including Kittiwakes.

Here’s one gathering nesting material

Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

On the ledges, their lives seem more precarious, perilously so to me.

 

 

The cliffs have thousands of these birds flying around.

They fill the skies – each looking after its own offspring.

 

 

The other main breeding sea bird on the cliffs are the magnificent Gannets.

They have bright yellow heads, and a large wingspan.

Gannet (Morus bassanus)

They often fly together

Scale Nab, an outcrop from the cliffs at the south-eastern end of the reserve is covered in nesting Gannets.

They fly around this sea cliff, together with Kittiwakes and other birds.

From the other side of the sea stack, the view is also good.

Gannets perch on the sheer cliff faces as seemingly precariously as the other sea birds.

You can see an egg here.

One last Gannet picture, set against the green sea…

 

and then some pictures of the other sea bird, amongst the wheeling birds around the cliffs; Fulmars.

Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)

They glide like an Albatross, with stiff wings, and shallow wingbeats.

They are tube-nosed birds, which you can see by looking at their beak above; there is a dark patch. On closer inspection on a previous video I shot at the Farne Islands last year, all the detail of their tube-nose can be seen.

Back on land, Tree Sparrows and Chaffinches are near the visitors centre.

Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)

Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

Jackdaws were on the feeders.

Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

And finally Swallows were in the air

and perched on the visitors centre.

Swallow (Hirundo rustica)


Responses

  1. The albatross, one of my favorite sea birds, beautiful with there courtship dances to find their first mate, I feel so bad for the ones who return to their breeding site await for their mate who witch might not show up … I hope to see you find some to take pictures for me and everyone else seeing,


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