Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Northern Gannets of East Yorkshire

The Northern Gannet (Morus Bassanus) is the UK's largest and most stunning seabird and we are lucky to have the only mainland breeding colony in England just along the East Yorkshire coast at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.
A trip to Bempton is essential for any birdwatcher to get within feet of these magnificent birds gliding past on the wind.
They make regular visits to the cliffs tops to collect clumps of grass for their nests.
Getting too close to another Gannet's nesting area will provoke a quick territorial response.
Non-breeding adolescents patrol the cliffs and hang around at the tops.
Gannets returning from fishing trips resort to "Bill Fencing" with their mate to reaffirm their bond.
Looking down from Staple Newk viewpoint at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.
Numerous Gannets gliding near the cliff tops searching for someone to land.
 Preferably not landing on a place already taken by another Gannet:)
Beautiful Gannet profile.

I thought I would just add my 5 minute film I made over 6 years ago featuring the Northern Gannets and their Chicks.Apologies for the quality but it was years ago with a cheap camcorder:)

Thanks for reading and looking through my pics.If you haven't already , then you need to get out and see these stunning birds:)