Albatross! Albatross! Albatross!

The past couple of years, there has been a black-browed albatross that has shown up at Flamborough Head, specifically at RSPB Bempton Cliffs.

So far, I’ve failed to see it. But fate works in funny ways…

I had a meeting in Bempton in mid-August, and as I was there anyway, decided to pop down to the RSPB reserve afterwards. On the morning, the reports were that the bird had re-appeared after a week or so at sea, so could it finally happen?

At Bempton, the RSPB warden confirmed it was around, and suggested heading for the crowd. And sure enough, there it was…

Can you see it? What do you mean “no”?

Yeah, fair to say it wasn’t very obvious. It was at a distance, and tucked down having a siesta behind a rock. But I was looking through a powerful scope, so could see it when it turned its head. Here’s a closer look, highlighting the bird.

You may have to take my word for it, but the orange bill, the shape of that bill, the black eye-stripe, they are all distinctive. Other people have had better views, but I’ve seen an albatross in Yorkshire, which will always be a good thing for me.

Plenty of gannets around still, and I finished the day off by watching them on the updrafts.

This entry was posted in Birds and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

I welcome thoughts, comments and questions, so please feel free to share anything at all. Thanks, David

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.