Wool, Wiltshire and All Manner of Wonderful Things!

Yesterday I went on the RSPB Puffin and Gannet Seabird Cruise, and it was one of the most wonderful things ever. I loved every moment of it. My trusty camera was not really up to the job of capturing amazing pictures, sadly not one of a puffin, in the end I just concentrated on enjoying every second of the three-hour trip. Who knew three hours could pass so fast? There was quite a wind blowing so we couldn’t get right up close to the cliffs, and the waves were really quite something, so glad my Kwells did the trick and I felt fine throughout. Anyway let’s get going.

Leaving the harbour- I was very POSH (Port out, Starboard home)

Leaving Bridlington

and out towards Flamborough Head.

I was greatly indebted to the lady sat next to me who helped me get my eye in and see what was what- here Guillemots and Razor bills.

Going round the lighthouse and fog station.

and onto Bempton Cliffs- see the idiot in the jet sky going far too close and creating a disturbance.

those be Gannets above, I think- 6 foot wing span, imagine!

and look carefully to see nesting birds on those incredible cliffs.

Returning now- the blob on the beach is apparently an old ships boiler from one of the many wrecks off the cliffs.

And that really is the best of my pictures on what was a truly amazing experience.

I certainly recommend the trip, organisation was efficient, RSPB volunteers amazingly knowledgeable, gave a brilliant commentary, made sure everyone saw puffins. I saw most on the return leg , but no time to see and click, seeing was great. Other passengers really nice helpful people too.

Wouldn’t recommend it for a child who wasn’t passionate about birds, three hours sitting still is not for children in my opinion. Worth every penny, and I would certainly go again.

My big Go Wild adventure lived up to everything I hoped for.

Birds spotted were, Puffin, Kittiwake, Gannet- ( Their yellow head meant even I could spot them), Guillemot, Razorbill, Fulmar and Shag.

Comments on: "All Aboard the Yorkshire Belle" (43)

  1. How wonderful- a fabulous trip! πŸ™‚

  2. Looks like a great trip!

  3. Wow, it looks amazing. Gorgeous sights to see and experience. Thank you for all the stunning photos, I loved it. πŸ™‚

  4. Aww so glad you had a nice time. We saw puffins off a lighthouse on Anglesey a few years back, we didn’t even know we had captured a picture of one until afterwards David was looking through his pictures and there was one lonely puffin among other sea birds πŸ™‚

  5. Can just about spot your ear-to-ear grin over here!
    Wonderful photos & commentary – thank you. πŸ˜„

  6. That sounds like incredible fun. I’m a good sailor, luckily, but it’s good that you found something that worked to make the trip more enjoyable for you.

    • I was determined to do this trip and to hang onto my stomoch, but to discover I didn’t even feel slightly ill was a bonus.
      The birds were wonderful.

  7. Yay for an adventure! One that is successful is even better. I think that’s why they make postcards, so you can just enjoy the moments. So glad you enjoyed it so very much. Thanks for sharing it with those of us who will never see these birds. Living vicariously with gratitude. πŸ™‚

  8. Wonderful adventure. I should love to do this, though I would probably get seasick. I don’t have very good sea legs. I have only ever seen fulmar on your list, so very jealous! X

    • It was a wonderful experince. I too am a terrible sailor, but I took the pills, sat myself outside and in the middle of the boat where I could see the sea, and I was absolutely fine, not even a tad bit sickly.
      It was an amazing, moved me to tears to be amongst the birds. I was greatly aided by an experienced birder sat next to me, and soon got my eye in.
      And the noise of the gulls calling, incredible.
      Highly recommend the trip.

  9. Murtagh's Meadow said:

    I would love to do something like this!

  10. Absolutely beautiful! Goodness only 3 hours, I’d beg for more time!

    I’m typing here in the northern Minnesota (USA) woods watching little Phoebes nest under a small trailer (caravan) that my group home ladies use. (they eat mosquitoes- yeah!) And I read you saw Gannets!! What! I’d never heard of such bird! So I googled it! FASCINATING!! A must see!

    We have Bald Eagles up here, sometimes up to 8 doing acrobatics. And we have Trumpeter Swans flying over. (sometimes called Tundra Swans) And Pelicans- believe it or not! Just yesterday my son saw the Great Horned Owl that chased away our Barred owl family. Barred owls are fun and curious. Great Horned Owls will eat them. :o(
    I love birds! I’ll stop now- ha! ha!

    Thank You for sharing this! And I loved the Double Decker bus trip post too! But oooooh! So high up riding in the bus! Do you have to hang on? ;o)

    • Glad you enjoyed the post. Your bird life sounds amazing too. Such a thrill all these birds. No you don’t have to hold on in a double decker bus!

      It was the fastest three hours I have spent in ages.

      • I thought maybe on the top deck of the bus, you’d sway around a lot more than below. Causing need to hold on! Especially on those lovely curvy roads! Just trying to imagine!

  11. Make the most of the puffins – I hear they are yet another species on their way out 😦 . I get seasick in the bath so I couldn’t do something like this but I’m glad you went for it and felt O.K. so that you could enjoy your experience to the full.

    • I am no sailor either , so glad I decided that everything would be ok and it was. The puffins are just so cute, especially when you see them with sprats hanging out of their mouths.

  12. How neat! We did a whale watching trip off of Maine, amazing creatures! Glad you got out to enjoy!

  13. What fun! Glad you weren’t sick!

  14. Yes, do tell us some puffin stories from your adventure! What a great Go Wild trip for you, Cathy! I am thinking about those six foot wing spans on the gannets, wow!

  15. Puffins!!!???? I so want to see puffins–cutest birds ever, I think. And we knew a poem when I was little–“There once was a puffin in the shape of a muffin, and it lived on an island in the deep blue sea” . . . I can still recite every word. This looks like wonderful experience–I get out on a boat whenever I can because I love the different perspective it gives.

    • Kerry it was truly amazing, loved every minute. At times it was so incredible I had tears in my eyes, lucky I had my sunglasses on!

  16. claire93 said:

    ooooh finally a boat trip! Wasn’t that one of your 17 for 17 ideas?

  17. It sounds like a good way to spend a few hours but unfortunately not for me – since having a bad experience round the coast of the Isle of Man when I was a kid I stay clear of small boats and the sea, though I’m fine on a large ferry with calm sea. I camped at Filey several years ago, went to Bridlington for the day and stopped off near the lighthouse to walk along the cliffs – loads of birds to be seen without going anywhere near the water πŸ™‚

    • In the past I have been incredibly seasick, so glad I managed not to feel even nausious yesterday. It was truly wonderful. I have walked the liffs too which was good, but there was something truly amazing about being out at sea with birds taking off and flying overhead.

  18. What a great way to spend part of your day Cathy! I love being on the sea and have a good strong stomach so waves don’t bother me too much. What fab views of the cliffs and even the idiot. πŸ™‚ Though I’ve never seen a puffin (and would really love to) I have seen many a gannet. They are magnificent, if somewhat clumsy coming into land – did you get to see that event? I’m a little envious of your three hour jaunt on the water and very glad you enjoyed it so much!!

    • Yes we did get to see gannets land. It was absolutely wonderful, so glad I got myself together and got this organised. Glad you liked the pictures I did manage to take. The puffins just moved so fast. but so cute.

  19. Wow – what an adventure! You certainly do go WILD!!! I’m glad you felt ok in those waves – I only have to think about it to feel queasy!

    • I am usually seasick-it has been known for me to be sick in Dover before we set sail to France. I bought brand new tablets and although we nearly verticle at one point I was fine- helped to sit in the middle of the boat and outside so I could see the waves. I was chuffed to be fine.A wonderful wild day.

      • Well done you! I’m even more impressed now – you went, despite your previous experiences – you are all about adventure at the moment. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ❀

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