Gannet with nesting materials

Gannet collecting nesting materials from the top of the cliffs at RSPB’s Bempton Cliffs Nature Reserve in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

About the Northern Gannet: 

The British breeding population of Gannets represents 60-70% of the entire world population, with the largest mainland breeding colony at RSPB’s Bempton Cliffs. The birds arrive at the colonies, known as gannetries, from January and leave between August and October. Gannets are easily identified by their distinctive plumage and ring of blue around the eyes, earning them the alternative nickname ‘spectacled goose’. Gannets are monogamous and will remain together for several mating seasons, potentially even for their entire lives. The pairs separate after the mating season concludes and head out back to sea, returning to shore and pairing back up the following year.

You can find more information on Gannets here.

About Bempton Cliffs:

These impressive chalk cliffs on the Yorkshire coast are one of the best place to see sea birds in the whole of England! Bempton Cliffs are owned and maintained by the RSPB and play host to over 250,000 seabirds which flock to the white chalk cliffs each year, with numbers reaching their peak between April and August.

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Gannet with nesting materials, Bempton Cliffs - Yorkshire Wildlife Photography

 

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