Located near Bridlington in Yorkshire, the towering chalk cliffs at Bempton make an ideal habitat for nesting seabirds. This is the nearest place to Norfolk to see nesting Gannets and the three auk species: Puffin, Guillemot and Razorbill. Fulmars, Kittiwakes and Shags also nest here and there is a good population of Tree Sparrows around the visitor centre. The sound (and smell!) of the bird-laden cliff ledges are awe-inspiring, especially if its your first encounter with a seabird colony.
Journey to Bempton and a misty start.....
A 3.00 start and the journey with Jason Nichols to Bempton Cliffs began (26th), en-route seeing a Fox near the Breydon Bridge, Great Yarmouth and two Barn Owls, along the Acle Straight and then one just north of Sutton Bridge (Lincs).
On the way to east Yorkshire, the weather had been very dull and at times misty and on arriving at Bempton Cliffs car park, the weather was not so different. However, the front of rain, which had been heading towards the area, over the past few days, looked to have passed over, leaving behind it a heavy mist, with visibility down to a few yards. No choice but to wait it out, in the meantime photographing birds from the car, including Common Whitethroat, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Tree Sparrow, Jackdaw and a Cuckoo Bumblebee sp. visiting a plant through the mist. Also photographed here were two Wood Pigeon, with presumably the hen bird prompting the cock bird to regurgitate food, by touching the cock bird’s gape with her bill. This appeared to work and shortly after, when enough food had been consumed mating took place.
At approximately 9.00 the mist began to turn to light drizzle, visibility began to improve and so the walk down the track to the cliff tops began, briefly stopping to photograph Tree Sparrows in the hedgerow.
At the cliff top the mist was still present and for a while it came and went, until it finally cleared, but in the meantime taking shots of some seabirds in the mist.
Cuckoo Bumblebee sp.
Common Whitethroat searching for aphids on nettles
Wood Pigeons food begging and mating
Gannets in the mist.....
At the cliff top the mist was still present and for a while it came and went, until it finally cleared, but in the meantime taking shots of some seabirds in the mist was interesting.