Monday, August 17, 2009

Glorious Gannets

If you take a trip to RSPB Bempton Cliffs Reserve you will see that the Gannet colony at Staple Newk View Point is in full swing. Most of the chicks now are bordering on fledging looking very dark in colour and nearly as big as the adults. Most of the other seabirds have now left the cliff with only the Gannet still big in numbers.

There are still a few Kittiwakes, Fulmars and the ever present Herring Gulls on the cliffs, but all the Auks have returned to the sea. There has been reports of Arctic and Great Skuas seen passing the reserve moving south past the Flamborough Bird Observatory, and now is a good time to also keep a look out for Shearwaters on their migratory path.

I will be holding my third exhibition at the reserve on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August from 10.00am to 5.00pm so please pop in and say hello. Also on the 29th is the first RSPB Shearwater and Skua Cruise sailing on the "Yorkshire Belle" from Bridlington Harbour at 9.00am. For more information and to book a place on the cruise(s) call 01262 850959 or email

Friday, August 07, 2009

Bass Rock 2009 - Part 2

Approaching Bass Rock

Photographer on the boat!

An amazing spectacle.

Sailing round the rock.

The back of Bass Rock - Just astonishing!!

Our boat - "The Fisher Lassie".

My second post from my trip to Bass Rock on 30th May 2009. On this trip we got the opportunity to sail the full 360 degrees around the rock and see for ourselves the sheer size of this magnificent Gannet colony.

The sheer numbers of birds is just breathtaking. We had superb visibility all day, not a cloud in the sky which in fact was a bit of a nightmare for taking pictures of white birds, but you have to go with what you have, that's the wonder of wildlife photography.

Would I return to the rock for a third time, well the answer to that question - Oh Yes! I am quite happy with the portrait shots of the Gannets that I have captured but next time I would like to concentrate more on taking images of the large volume of birds that are present on the rock.