Thursday, 1 August 2013

Up North !

A visit to my daughter in her adoptive town of York in July,  and a visit to the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs, North Yorkshire, provided the perfect opportunity to practice some photography shots of sea birds. along the cliff top walk.

The cliffs are home to one of the largest sites of nesting sea birds in England, includes a colony of Gannets, nesting Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots, Kittiwakes,Fulmars, and Shag

 Puffin,  Razor-bill and a group of  Common Guillemots 

Puffins seem to be the star bird, looking very smart in there breeding plumage.




Kittiwakes and Fulmars were not as numerous as the Auks and Gannets. 

Tried to get some flight photographs of the Gannets, 
the best I could manage. Need more practice.


These were very spectacular, with there effortless flight around the cliffs.

We also noted a thriving tree sparrow colony around the visitor center,where they are using  nest boxes provided by RSPB.

Tree Sparrow

We then moved on to Bridlington , a lovely old fashion English

 sea-side town, where we had arranged a cruise on the "Yorkshire Belle"  to get a different perspective of Flamborough Head. And a chance to photograph sea birds doing there thing, close up and personal.

These chalk cliffs are over 400 feet in places, providing numerous ledges for the nesting sea birds.

The following photographs taken as we cruised around the base of the cliffs.


  Guillemots -Notice the "Bridled guillemot"  top of the photograph.



A very enjoyable visit to this part of the country, excellent views  of all the sea birds on show were seen

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