Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Diving Gannets and an unpleasant case of "mal de mer"! - 29th June 2018.


I have never been a good sailor and it was with some trepidation that I embarked on the Yorkshire Lass II with Steve Race and a group of fellow birders in order to enjoy the experience of diving Gannets. The harbour was fine but once outside it was obvious that a rough trip was instore! Skipper Paul Chapman did his best to get us around Flamborough Head and under Bempton Cliffs and at this point all was well despite the buffeting of the waves.

On the outward journey, I managed images of the fascinating geological fault at Staple Newk



I also managed images of an immature Great Black Backed Gull


and a close Fulmar




At times it was difficult to balance as the swell continued and a queasy feeling did not bode well. The fish were thrown and the Gannets came in. Initially all was well but eventually the sea won and a very unpleasant case of "mal de mer" overtook me. I was virtually incapacitated and needless to say my photography came to an end! However, I did manage a few images of the diving Gannets. I have to say that if a sea monster threatened the boat, I was not in a position to care!

Still, looking positive here are my images of the diving Gannet experience. These images taken using my Canon 100-400mm (mk1) at 100mm.








Due to the closeness of the Gannets, the following images have been taken with my 18-55mm kit lens!














And there endeth my photography for today!

Monday, 25 June 2018

Bempton Cliffs - 25th June 2018

Newly fledged Swallow

Another fantastic day on the cliffs! The weather was superb with blue sky, sunshine and a light northerly wind. The birds were also brilliant and showing well, much to the delight of the visitors. A newly fledged family of Swallows caught the attention of photographers and visitors as the parents busily fed them in the bushes outside of the visitor centre.

Newly fledged Swallows







New lives continue to increase on the ledges with Herring Gull, Guillemot, Razorbill, Kittiwake and Puffin young. Fulmars are sitting on eggs.

Herring Gull with chicks enjoying a recently regurgitated snack!



Guillemot with young



Razorbill with young



Kittiwakes with young



Gannets with young



Everyone's favourite, the Puffin showed well from all view points





Puffin triangle!



Razorbill


Guillemot


"Next time I send you out for a fish dinner, make sure you bring me some back!"


"Oi! Will you two keep the noise down?"


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