It’s not all mutual preening and sweetness and light at Bempton Cliffs. It’s a difficult life, perched on a ledge surrounded by hundreds of thousands of other birds. Sometimes life there is like this instead:
Even the Kittiwakes are at it, pecking and calling and chasing one another:
The Gannets are the true masters of combat though:
This pair are having a serious territorial dispute:
They lock beaks:
Sometimes the fighting is fast and furious:
They will even grab each other and throw one another off the cliff and fly away, still locked in combat:
It may only be a tiny patch of cliff, but owning it may make the difference between breeding and not. That’s something they all take very seriously indeed.