Gannet Morus bassanus  This large, long-winged relation of the boobies, is the complete fishing machine. Steep diagonal dives from up to 40m, folding back the wings at the last second before impact into the sea, make for an incredible sight, even more so, when several birds dive one after the other, something resembling a medieval arrow shower!

Seabird extravaganza.....

 

All the expected species were present, including Gannet, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Guillemot (one bridled), Razorbill and Puffin and for the next several hours (until approximately 13.30) these species were photographed, endeavouring to capture all aspects of their ecology, which were on show.

Just before leaving, some more photography with the ‘plentiful’ Tree Sparrows and a very confiding Jackdaw ended, what is always an enjoyable visit to this seabird colony.

 

Beginning with the Gannet, this and the following pages show photographs taken of the key species found at Bempton Cliffs.

Gannet (2) Gannet (8) Gannet (14) Gannet (9) Gannet (7) Gannet (6) Gannet (5) Gannet (20) Gannet (4) Gannet (37) Gannet (36) Gannet (35) Gannet (33) Gannet (10) Gannet (11) Gannet (3)

Bempton Cliffs 2016 (2)