As promised, a further post on my visit to Bempton. This one is all about the Gannets, but first just a few shots to set the scene for anyone who has never been as the 300ft cliffs are a magical place.
Looking North towards Filey
Looking South towards Flamborough
Gannets following a boat
As you walk down to the cliffs from the Visitor centre, Gannets can be seen in the distance, but once on the cliff path they are flying right along the top of the cliff and make superb subjects. Sometimes I was zooming out as they were so close. First a few flight shots.
It was too early in the year for the dark juveniles, but as they take 5 years to fully mature there was a wide range of ages on show including these third calendar year birds.
With in excess of 11,000 breeding pairs it was reasonably easy to get some shots of them perched up often on the grassy cliff top and some were clearly trying to attract a mate and bond by offering tokens.
My favourite photographs however, must be of the ones where pairs are "sky pointing".
A truly wonderful birding experience and it was great to see non birders visiting and being totally amazed at the sights and sounds. Just a few shots to finish off!