Gannets, Razorbill, Puffin and Kittiwake

Liz M sent me some excellent photographs of birds of the UK coastal cliffs which she took on a Bird Group trip to Bempton Cliffs in May 2013. It's always a good place to see these birds.

A Gannet colony (right) is always an interesting sight although it's a bit smelly if you go too near.

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I especially like this next shot of a Gannet on a nest (left) - they seem to like very precarious positions.

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The Razorbill (right) prefers slightly less exposed places - they look for crevices rather than ledges. Seen in the water they are often confused with Guillemots.

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Puffins (below, left) tend to be on the upper parts of the cliffs.

They like to nest in deep crevices or even in burrows.

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Finally we have the Kittiwake (below, right) which belongs to the Gull family. They often breed in large colonies. Although I have seen them singly, like this one, I don't think I have actually ever seen a colony (Gruffalump).

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