A Day at the Seaside II – Puffins

One of the animals I had been hoping to see ever since coming to the UK, was a Puffin. I’d seen numerous photos of these lightly strange looking seabirds but never has seen in real life, neither wild nor captive. Accordingly, I was excited to hear that we might be able to see some at Bempton Cliffs!

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Bempton Cliffs – the rocky edges are the home of numerous seabirds

As soon as we arrived at the reserve, it was pointed out that there had been a few puffin-sightings that day already. And sure enough, after a few minutes, the first red-beaked bird was spotted. It was quite far away and merely visible with the telephoto lens but it was there nonetheless.

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A Puffin (Fratercula arctica) resting in a crevice

Having documented the find, we walked further along the cliff. And soon we came across a cluster of people pointing binoculars and cameras onto a spot on the cliff. Before I managed to swap back to my telephoto lens (I had been taking some landscape images with the wide angle lens), the birds that had caused the excitement, flew off…

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Flying Puffins – easily recognised thanks to the red colouring of their feet and beak

… but only to land on the cliffs again a few minutes later, allowing me to get the Puffin-photos below.

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