Gannets! – Bempton

Memories of an outing on the 29th of April, as someone kindly gave me the day off. Spent it wisely at Bempton where there were a large number of birders, and an even more numerous gathering of gannets (disappointingly few puffins though).

High-rise living

This from wiki..

The hard chalk cliffs at Bempton rise are relatively resistant to erosion and offer lots of sheltered headlands and crevices for nesting birds. The cliffs run about 10 km from Flamborough Head north towards Filey and are over 100 metres (330 ft) high at points.

Bempton Cliffs is home to the only mainland breeding colony of Gannets in England. The birds arrive at the colony from January and leave in August and September.


Took a few snaps as I ambled along the clifftops, some turned out ok-ish, a lot more didn’t.

A number of these had beaks stuffed with turf

For those of you that haven’t been, Bempton (and Flamborough) are well worth a visit when the birds are in, the sights, sounds and smells are memorable!

Gannet soars on updraft

RSPB Bempton site here.

All at sea

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