Broad-Bodied Chaser

Broad-Bodied Chaser
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Spoonbill

Spoonbill
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Monday, 25 April 2011

Don't Fret - No Haar at Bempton Cliffs - 23 April

Having driven from Harrogate to Bempton Cliffs, it really was a bit of an unknown as to whether the Sea Fret, or Haar as it is know further north, would spoil the day.  A Sea Fret is a very common spring fog that hugs the coast particularly in the North Sea locations of the British Isles.  It is caused, presumably, by warm air hitting the cold sea air, and it has been known to spoil many a day out on the East Coast.

Arriving at the car park, I was slightly astonished to open the car door to a baking sunny day; no fog and no cold wind.  Apparently it was the first day for about a week when the fret wasn't present.

Upon stepping out of the visitor centre I immediately heard a Grasshopper Warbler, it was soon located in bushes along the path, although quite distant and mobile. 

Walking north, the usual residents soon came into view with the weather provided a great opportunity for some good shots of the Gannets in flight:








 


A few shots from the cliff face before the sun put it into shade, including a couple of classic fencing portraits:




A few Fulmars were located, both on the nest and in flight:


Although it took a while, the Puffins were finally located, with one in particular high up on the grass top of the cliff giving very good, if brief, views:





A brilliant day was rounded off with Fish & Chips amongst hundreds of Herring Gulls, and human Gannets, at Bridlington.

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