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Amazing cliffs

Amazing cliffs
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Copyright: Emin Yogurtcuoglu (goldfinchtr) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 22 N: 502] (2603)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-12
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-25 11:23
Viewed: 4000
Points: 12
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Latin name
Morus bassanus

Boobies and gannets (Sulidae)

Adults are large and bright white with black wingtips. They are distinctively shaped with a long neck and long pointed beak, long pointed tail, and long pointed wings. At sea they flap and then glide low over the water, often travelling in small groups. They feed by flying high and circling before plunging into the sea. It breeds in significant numbers at only a few localities and so is an Amber List species.

Where to see them
Biggest mainland breeding colony at RSPB's Bempton Cliffs. Two mainland colonies - at Bempton and Troup Head, Scotland. Big island colonies on St Kilda, the Northern Isles and Bass Rock in Scotland and Grassholm in Wales. Can be seen offshore almost anywhere, especially in when they migrate south in August and September.

When to see them
They arrive at their colonies from January onwards and leave in August and September. Non-breeding birds can be seen at any time around the coasts and the main migration period offshore is during the autumn.

What they eat

Bempton Cliffs

A family favourite, and easily the best place in England to see, hear and smell seabirds! More than 200,000 birds at any one time (from April to August) make the cliffs seem alive with adults bringing food to their nests, or young chicks making their first faltering flights.

With huge numbers to watch, beginners can easily learn the difference between gannets, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars. And the easily recognisable puffins (here between April and July) are always a delight to visitors. Specially-created cliff top viewpoints are wheelchair accessible with care.

If you are new to birdwatching...
The birds are easy to see during breeding season - creating a fantastic seascape and bird spectacle. Only eight target seabird species breed here, so learning to identify birds is simple. In winter, common passerines (buntings, sparrows and finches) and short-eared owls (vary in numbers from one year to next) can be seen and identified.

Information for families
Reserve already popular with families. Various family events included in our programme throughout the year. Backpack Activity days very popular.

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  • carmia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 231 W: 4 N: 144] (2240)
  • [2008-08-25 11:36]

Lovely shot!
Beautiful composition!
TFS. Carme.

Amazing shot of this striking bird. Just enough detail in the dark wing tips and white body hightlights. Fantastically sharp head, eyes, and beak. Out of focus background of the water has just enough detail to see the water movement. I like this one a lot.


Great action shot, its pretty hard to get clear sharp shots of birds in flight, and it is very clear and sharp. Great colours and very interesting subject, you getthe sense its watching you. Nice shot.


Hi Emin.
Magnificent picture! Splendid moment!
Excellent coloration and very good sharpness.
Congratulations for the wealth of details.
Josť Roberto

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-08-26 5:17]

This is really an excellent action shot in all respects. Contrast between the light bird and dark background is great. Gary

Hallo Emin
Nice in flight shot of this remarkable bird. This is not a position I have seen them in ften. Very well composed and good technique applied. I like the blue-ish beak and lovely round blue eye. The detail is good and clearly visible. Focus and sharpness is good, and like the way you positioned the bird in the frame. Presented in a delightful manner. Much appreciated. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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