Northern Gannet Morus bassanus


Last weekend was supposed to be a weekend of fast action and quick reflexes with a boat trip booked to photograph the diving gannets from the sea at Bempton Cliffs. Unfortunately, the 30mph westerly winds put a quick stop to that and the boat trip was cancelled for safety reasons. Up to the top of the cliffs it was then!

With Bempton Cliffs being an extremely popular location with photographers, I wanted to take some more unusual images and this is one I really liked of two Gannets in a courtship display against the rising sun.

Northern Gannet, Morus bassanus
Canon 1Dx with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS with Canon 1.4x converter.
1/4000s at f/8 at ISO200

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146/365 Fulmar


… and the last post for today… you guessed it… another Fulmar! ūüôā

Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, June, 2012.
Canon 1D MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

 

145/365 Fulmar


Another image of a Fulmar showing the¬† straight ‘stiff’ wings that are so characteristic of this species.

Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, June, 2012.
Canon 1D MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

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Another image of a Fulmar which is riding the up currents that are hitting the cliff from the sea below.  You can clearly see the tubenose structure in profile in this image.

Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, June, 2012.
Canon 1D MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

143/365 Fulmar


I’ve been processing a lot of images today!¬†The latest ones I have looked at are¬†these Fulmar images from Bempton Cliffs so I thought I would share a few.
Fulmars are great birds to watch as they cruise along the cliff tops on stiff wings but can move at a considerable speed so I’ve deleted quite a few of just heads and tails.¬† They are a member of the tubenose family of seabirds which refers to the tube like structure which cover their nostrils (seen in this image as the dark area above the yellow bit of the bill).¬† Other ‘tubenoses’ consist of shearwaters and petrels.¬†

Fulmar, Fulmarus glacialis, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, June, 2012.
Canon 1D MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens

142/365 Tree Sparrow


As mentioned in the previous post, Tree Sparrows breed under the tiles in the roof of the visitor centre at Bempton Cliffs RSPB.  This image shows a male with a beak full of spiders and other insects ready to feed those wide open gapes of the hungry chicks.

Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, June, 2012.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.

141/365 Displaying Tree Sparrow


Around the visitor centre at Bempton Cliffs RSPB is a great place to see Tree Sparrows.  They nest under the tiles in the roof and are often seen squabbling around the bird feeders at the back of the centre.  Here, a male Tree Sparrow is asserting his dominance!

Tree Sparrow, Passer montanus, Bempton Cliffs RSPB, East Yorkshire, June, 2012.
Canon 1d MkIV with Canon 500mm f/4 L IS lens.