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.
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.
I love the expression on this one’s face:
This parent has twins:
There’s a Razorbill with an elongated egg. It’s spotted in a beautiful pattern too
The chicks keep well away from the edge of the sheer cliffs. I don’t:
There’s a little displaying going on by the adults, with wing flapping and heads pointing skywards:
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.
Another adult gives me a glimpse of a chick. It’s already massive but it’s wings are still tiny buds.
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:
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.
Before I tell you that it’s a Herring Gull.
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