Rocky the (one-legged!) Rock Pipit

Rock Pipits (Anthus petrosus) are a common sight amongst the rocks and concrete blocks bordering the sea on Marine Drive, Scarborough. Rock Pipits – which rarely breed more than 100m above sea level – clearly like to nest in clefts in and amongst these rocks, despite the large numbers of people and cars which move along…

Northern Gannets at Bempton cliffs

Northern Gannets at Bempton cliffs. The great news about gannets – the northern gannet (Sula bassana) – is that their numbers are increasing (2). With all the horror stories about wildlife suffering depredations – mainly at the hands of Man – around the world today, its uplifting to find a species that is actually thriving. They…

Northern Gannets at Bempton cliffs

Gannets are amazing! Not only are they sublimely beautiful – well the adults are, perhaps not the chicks! – but they exhibit such marvellous aerial behaviour: soaring flight, hovering and plunge diving. Northern gannets only lay one egg and they take very good care of their offspring, brooding the chick to keep it warm and…