Seabirds at Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve , East Yorks.

Arrived hoping to see Puffins as they return to breed from May to July their colourful beaks are only present during the breeding season and fade back to mainly grey when spending most of their time out at sea.

Unfortunately they are late this year and most are still busy re – establishing nesting burrows or trying to locate new ones rabbit holes are great as save them a lot of digging.

The birds on the right are Razorbills.

We intend to return next month when young may be hatching and hope to see many more up to 6,000 breeding pairs have been recorded so should be able to locate some of the other 5,998..

Still plenty to see and enjoy though ..

Guillemots with Razorbill on right.

Kittiwakes one of our more attractive gulls.

Seen here with Guillemots.

One of the most impressive features of Bempton are the proximity of Gannets .It is the only place in UK where they breed on the mainland , to see them elsewhere would involve boat trips to outlying islands or remote rocks.

Our largest sea bird with a wing span of up to 6 ft (1.8m ) .

Despite the odd disagreement they are very sociable and their courtship display is rather touching when they head bob and fence each other with their beaks.

Being such large birds they can fly for many miles in search of fish shoals once located they can dive from a 100 ft ( 30 m ) hitting the water at 60 miles an hour,to spear fish.

A truly wonderful location you dont have to be a bird lover to appreciate but it certainly helps..

A bird watching boat trip when the North Sea looks more like the Med . would be just perfect dont you think ?

Comments

23 May, 2010
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janette said:

Lovely blog Ray and great photo,s how did you manage to capture them ,did you have to climb up the rock,s or dangle from a rope,over the cliff face ...

23 May, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Ha ha Janette thank you , Jane offered to hold on to me whilst I got just that bit closer .. there are viewing areas along the cliffs that are now railed off.Never used to be and for many years was just thin strands of barbed wire.

25 May, 2010
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terratoonie said:

Nice blog BB. So pleased to know that Jane was willing to hold onto you... any excuse ... LOL. :o)

25 May, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Thanks TT actually she was offering to hold my jacket and told me to slip my arms out of it ....splash

26 May, 2010
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terratoonie said:

... in those fast-fall situations ... keep hold of the camera... and ...just before you splash ... you'll get a fantastic cliff-side photo of the gannets giggling at you ;o)

26 May, 2010
Dipper
david said:

Lovely photos of some of our seabirds, Bb. You have got me thinking about taking a boat trip to the Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, to see the gannet colony there. :-)

26 May, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Lol TT
David..now that would be an opportunity to see gannets at their best !

26 May, 2010
Dipper
david said:

Must be 20 years since I did this daytrip - hope that the boat has been updated since! In medieval times, the Bass Rock gannets were killed almost to the point of extinction. The pre-Reformation Bishops wanted their feathers for their beds (church records from the 16th century I once looked at recorded 2 men being paid 1 penny for every ton of feathers collected !), roast gannet served for dinner was a social status symbol, and the bones were believed to be great cures for rheumatism and gout. At that time, apparently, freshly-killed gannets strung up and hanging by their legs were a common sight in the market places in East Lothian County. Fortunately, the impending demise was recognised in time, and the birds became protected by Law.

27 May, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Thanks David for all this info...amazing when we dig back in time........

27 May, 2010
Dipper
david said:

Just so glad that they realised their mistakes in time, and we still have them here to admire!!

28 May, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Yes David when think Red Kites were down to just a handful of breeding pairs ..great to see such magnificent birds thriving.

31 May, 2010
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sixpence said:

Wonderful photos and blog looks perfessionally taken and so clear. I feel sea sickness comming on lol

3 Jun, 2010
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Wonderful photos, sorry you did not get chance to see a puffin ....I was lucky when we went 13th May...
http://www.growsonyou.com/mrsmelon/blog/10017-i-feel-like-such-a-gannet
Totally agree an amazing, beautiful location.

4 Jun, 2010
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bonkersbon said:

Thanks Sixpence .. sorry about the sea sickness not helped by the long cliff like scroll down here to leave a comment !

Thanks to all who scrambled down to leave one ..this was my first blog and now realise to use back button before submitting .

Thanks Missnaughty perhaps you d post a few on here ?

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