Recently I had a day out in Yorkshire on the cast at RSPB Bempton Cliffs also calling over to Muddy Boots Cafe near Leeds for a session with the Red Kites that are in the area.
This blog will be image heavy and word light for a change so onto Bempton Cliffs where it was a nice day but sadly the wind was low and in the wrong direction so the birds were flying low and below the cliff tops making flight shot options limited.
First birds seen near visitor centre were Tree Sparrows.
Along the tracks Jackdaws were abundant and I even had one at my feet while I threw parts of my sandwich on the ground 3 feet away for it.
At the deserted cliff viewing points (was only a couple of birders around early doors) Razorbills showed well.
Kittiwake distinctive calls filled the air and the cliff edge.
Gannets were in constant view as you would expect with nesting activities increasing.
A couple (pair?) of Peregrine were seen briefly in the same area that I saw a Wheatear before it was scared off by a low flying Jackdaw.
Stars of the day for most visitors are of course the Puffins and even thought flight shots were few and far between a few birds were close enough to get images while thy rested on the cliffs.
Back at the visitor centre on the way back to the car resting Swallows were posing nicely for a photo.
I moved onto Muddy Boots Cafe, Harewood, near Leeds to enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake wheel watching the Red Kites come down to the garage roofs next to the cafe to take the food laid out by locals. The clouds and the sun had become more intermittent by then but still a few decent images of a majestic species were achieved.
PART 2 TO FOLLOW ....