Bempton birds – eggs and chicks galore

There are hundreds of thousands of seabirds here at RSPB Bempton Cliffs. I particularly love the Kittiwakes. They’re such delicate, elegant gulls, with beautiful, precise, yellow beaks and long wings. This one is sheltering a single egg.

Kittiwake with egg - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The eggs are buff coloured and spotted, as if they need to be camouflaged. The chicks, however are white and fluffy and not camouflaged at all.

Kittiwake with chick - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

I love the expression on this one’s face:

Kittiwake with chick - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

This parent has twins:

Kittiwake with chick - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There’s a Razorbill with an elongated egg. It’s spotted in a beautiful pattern too

Razorbill with Egg - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The chicks keep well away from the edge of the sheer cliffs. I don’t:

Razorbill with chick - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There’s a little displaying going on by the adults, with wing flapping and heads pointing skywards:

Razorbill with chick - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There’s a Gannet on its enormous messy nest. I can’t tell whether it has an egg or a chick. It’s not about to stand up and let me see. If it does have an egg there’ll only be one and it’ll be very pale and plain, with no spots or patterns.

Gannet - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Another adult gives me a glimpse of a chick. It’s already massive but it’s wings are still tiny buds.

Gannet with chick - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Guillemots have been breeding too. It’s a shame I can’t find a Guillemot’s nest with an egg to photograph. Their eggs vary wildly from each other in colour and pattern. That probably helps the parents to recognise theirs.

Here’s the gorgeous chick, growing nicely:

Guillemot with chick - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There’s also a camouflaged chick we almost miss completely. Isn’t this one fabulous? I want you to appreciate that cuteness, that fluffiness, that tiny-beak and spotted head and its funny waddle.

Herring Gull chick - Bempton - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Before I tell you that it’s a Herring Gull.

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