Bempton Cliffs

August 07, 2014  •  4 Comments
On the East coast of England at Bempton Cliffs you will find the only mainland breeding colony of gannets in England. The cliffs run for about 6 miles and are a haven for sea birds, especially gannets. 
 
I was over there in August time, when much of the activity had already taken place, but there were still some juveniles ready to fledge. I had camped nearby the night before so at 5:00am was up to see the sunrise on this clear blue sky day.
 
 
Gannets can be tricky to photography as the pure white plummage against the dark sea can cause the meter reading to blow out the whites. You have to experiments and shoot to the left by -1 or -2 stops to retain the feather detail. I wanted some harsh light to try and photograph the birds differently from just a flying gannet against a blue sky.
The Pop UpThe Pop Up
PreenPreen
SoarSoar
BullyBully
Sun WorshiperSun Worshiper
Where's my Fish SupperWhere's my Fish Supper
 
The photos on this page were taken mainly from 6:00am - 8:00 when the sun light was low and the crowds had yet to appear.

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4.Ingo(non-registered)
Wonderful series. Love this birds - my location is Heligoland Island with its red cliffs..
3.Joyce Rae(non-registered)
Beautiful images Mark. You had a great light for photographing . I was there in June a couple of years ago and it rained both days I was there. At least there was a westerly wind that kept them hanging in the air when they were coming in from the sea.
2.mark medcalf wildlife photography
Thanks Bulldog.
1.Bulldog(non-registered)
Love the overhead picture of the flying Gannet! Can really see how they arc their bodies to glide.
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