Photographs of gannets at Bempton Cliffs

Gannet in flght at Bempton Cliffs by Nathan Parry

Gannet in flght at Bempton Cliffs by Nathan Parry - Credit: Archant

There are few sights more spectacular than the congregation of gannets on the North Sea coast.

Around a quarter of a million birds visit Bempton Cliffs between March and October each year and the most impressive gathering is arguably the arrival of the gannets.

The Yorkshire landmark is the temporary home of the largest mainland UK colony of gannets, the largest seabirds in the North Atlantic, which can be identified by their yellowish heads; black-tipped wings; and long bills.

This spectacle has made Bempton Cliffs a Mecca for nature lovers who are looking to witness the spectacular sight of thousands of birds clinging onto the rocky surface of the cliffs and the regulars fishing forays the birds make in order to feed their young.

Our readers have documented this annual event with their photos over the years, with the average lifespan of a Northern Gannet lasting around 35 years, it could be possible that one bird may have been photographed on numerous occasions over the years, but that of course would be impossible to verify.

Nest Buiding Gannet

Nest Buiding Gannet - Credit: Paula O'Hara

Gannet & chick by Julie Taylor

Gannet & chick by Julie Taylor - Credit: Julie Taylor

Gannets on Bempton Cliffs

Gannets on Bempton Cliffs - Credit: Julie Taylor

Gannet at Bempton Cliffs 

Gannet at Bempton Cliffs - Credit: Rose Habberley

Gannett flying over Bempton

Gannett flying over Bempton - Credit: Darren Binney