Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Sunday, 12 February 2017

RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Gannets on Staple Newk

Today the weather threw many challenges at the cliffs, it was blowing a hoolie, hardly got light with short, sharp, showers of rain and sleet. The cool wind did its best to blow you off the paths but if you were dressed appropriately, you could laugh at nature and enjoy the cliffs in their wild splendour! It was, however, a photographers nightmare! The grey cliffs, grey sky and grey sea dulled the light, so I worked on auto ISO in an attempt to get enough speed to avoid any blur. The ISO amazingly, at times was in the 3000 range, resulting in very grainy images. (Bad workman blaming tools??).  On the positive side, the cliffs were very atmospheric and I was happy to rise to the many challenges. Wildlife was very much reduced as todays sightings board reveals:

Heavy Seas below Bartlett Nab

Heavy Seas below Staple Newk

At Staple Newk, a pair of Stonechats sheltered around the decking. The male allowed me to capture his image but the female (wisely) remained in cover!

Some of you may well remember good old Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks? Well, one of the Gannets on Staple Newk did its best to compete with the Gannets Ministry of Silly Poses!

One flew over the Gannet's nest!

And.....just Gannets being Gannets!


Wendy Bartter said...

Great 'silly Gannet' captures & the rest, have to admire your intrepidity!

Kevin Groocock said...

Thank you Wendy!