Sunday, February 17, 2008

Return of the Gannet




















Gannet








Fulmar


Stonechat

Its approaching that time of year again when the "Seabird City" at RSPB Bempton Cliffs Reserve is starting to welcome back its residents. The Gannets have returned already in big numbers and have started nest building, the cliffs are still very silent with no calls of Guillemot, Razorbill or Puffin which are still yet to arrive, with the later being the last to return, normally around mid march.
Also on the top fields and scrub you can find Stonechat, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting and birds of prey such as Short Eared Owl, Kestrel, Merlin, Sparrowhawk and Peregrine Falcon.
If you haven't visited Bempton before you are missing a true spectacle of nature, you have to make the effort and I can guarantee that you will be amazed with the sights and sounds of this truely amazing reserve.
For more information on RSPB Bempton Cliffs click on the link below:

2 comments:

Little Brown Job said...

Love the shot of the Stonechat Steve.

I'm hoping to visit Bempton in May, by then I should have honed my photography skills enough to capture something.

Paul.

Steve Race said...

You are in for a great treat Paul, Bempton will be buzzing in May, perfect time to go.

I also recommend the Puffin Cruise that the RSPB operate from Bridlington Harbour on the "Yorkshire Belle", the boat sails past the reserve with breathe taking views of the cliffs and of course the birds. For more info you can call 01262 850959 or go on the web and visit the below link:
http://www.rspb.org.uk/groups/eastyorkshire