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Kittiwakes & pips, HFF

Kittiwakes & pips, HFF
Over 600 pairs of this small gull annually use the ruins of Dunbar Castle as a nesting colony from February to August and the noise is unbelievable, The tower holds a web cam that broadcasts live nest images on the internet.


For the Sight and Sound Group, Free as a bird, The Beatles, www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODIvONHPqpk

Special K, Istvan Farkas, Maria Mickle, Kawasirius and 60 other people have particularly liked this photo


128 comments - The latest ones
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Très belle photo avec pip. Nicole.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Nicole Merdrignac club
Really appreciated Nicole, Many thanks.
23 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Fascinating ruins and the PiP makes it easier to pick the gulls out. Great images and link, Roger. HFF and best wishes for the weekend.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to tiabunna club
Thank you George , fascinating birds I spent ages watching the comings and goings,
23 months ago.
 Jean
Jean club
Nice to see that the birds have made it theirs.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Jean club
Many thanks Jean the locals are always pleased to see them return.
23 months ago.
 Danielle
Danielle club
Impressionnant +++++++++
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Danielle club
Very kind Danielle, Thank you
23 months ago.
 Sarah O'
Sarah O' club
Hello Roger, WOW this is such a lovely HFF.. and the PiP is my favorite !! :)) how so interesting to see the Pigeons? there perched on their very own little "shelf" :))) such a nice composition Roger... !!!! HFF To you !!! Sarah
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Sarah O' club
Lovely comments Sarah thank you so much, Pleased you enjoyed the images.
23 months ago.
 Dave Roberts 2014
Dave Roberts 2014
Very well captured with a nice sky Roger. I can imagine what the noise must be like!
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Dave Roberts 2014
Many thanks Dave, Ear defenders and a most essential hat required.
23 months ago.
 HappySnapper
HappySnapper club
HFF Roger and a good weekend for you too. Nice to see after twelve centuries the castle still has a use.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to HappySnapper club
Many thanks Maurice, they are always welcomed back by the locals despite the noise and the mess
23 months ago.
 Diana Australis
Diana Australis club
That is so interesting, Rog...great to see the birds on the nests too!
Have a terrific weekend...keep warm while we try to keep cool!
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Diana Australis club
Thank you Diana, a big wide hat is advisory whilst in the area :-))
We are on a mild day first one for ages whilst you swelter, your heatwave made our news yesterday,
Have a brilliant weekend, Rog
23 months ago.
 Dimas Sequeira
Dimas Sequeira club
Interesting secrets beyond the fence! HFF and thanks for sharing, Roger!
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Dimas Sequeira club
Thank you Dimas, I found them fascinating.
23 months ago.
 pajmcb
pajmcb
Wow! Absolutely stunning.Roger.
Perfectly captured and composed.
Excellent photograph.
Have a great weekend.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to pajmcb
Pleased you like the image Pete,
Many thanks.
23 months ago.
 Erhard Bernstein
Erhard Bernstein club
HFF, Roger!
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Erhard Bernstein club
Many thanks Erhard.
23 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent FFF and HFF Roger. Many thanks for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Jeff Farley club
Thank you Jeff, plenty of them.
23 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Impressive ruins; well taken.
HFF and a nice weekend.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you Jaap, very kind.
23 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
I love the colours in the stone, especially in the pip Roger. Great colours and composition with the flag showing. A fab music link! My all time favourite band :-))
HFF and enjoy your weekend.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Rosalyn Hilborne club
Pleased you liked the images Rosa Many thanks.
23 months ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
A fine capture Roger.I am sure that I have been here too but many years back now.

HFF, have a great weekend, Herb
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Herb Riddle club
Thank you Herb, have been a few times as I find the place interesting.
23 months ago.
 Karp Panta
Karp Panta club
Impresionante escena !!!
HFF and a very nice weekend !!!
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Karp Panta club
Appreciate you comments Karp, many thanks.
23 months ago.
 Tractacus
Tractacus club
I doubt if the birds take any notice of the fence! HFF!
23 months ago. Edited 23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Tractacus club
Thank you it keeps the people out rather well.
23 months ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Lovely shot Roger, wonderful perspective, with interesting PiP and notes.

HFF and a wonderful weekend
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Doug Shepherd club
Very nice comments Doug, many thanks
23 months ago.
 Adele
Adele club
A very interesting picture, beautifully composed and with very interesting information.
HFF and a happy weekend Roger
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Adele club
Very generous Adele, really appreciated thank you.
23 months ago.
 Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld club
more bird (and bird poo) than castle! HFF
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Rabbitroundtheworld club
Thank you, Large hat required at all times.
23 months ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
Nice one! I giuess it's not only the noise but also quite a bit of guano;-) HFF, Roger!
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Gudrun club
Many thanks Gudrun, luckily they tend to leave and arrive back from the seaward side however a large hat is recommended.
23 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
Lovely Hanwe Roger
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Annemarie club
Many thanks Annmarie
23 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Impressive, Roger ! HFF and a very nice weekend for you !
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Ulrich John club
Thank you Ulrich.
23 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
Gorgeous ruins with visitors, Roger ! HFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Marie-claire Gallet club
Thank you Marie-claire, squatters I think :-))
23 months ago.
 Proxar
Proxar club
beautiful capture, HFF
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Proxar club
Thank you.
23 months ago.
 Jocelyne Villoing
Jocelyne Villoing club
De belles utilités !***************
HFF Roger.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Jocelyne Villoing club
Very generous Jocelyne, Thank you.
23 months ago.
 Erika Akire
Erika Akire club
...the seagulls are lucky free, the fence doesn't disturb them;)...an impressive capture...HFF, Roger...
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Erika Akire club
Thank you Erika, the fence is to stop people disturbing them.
23 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
"Recycling" in a completely different way... Just great! :)
Impressive pictures, Roger! HFF and have a great weekend.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to * ઇઉ * club
Thank you, that's proper squatters :-))
23 months ago.
* ઇઉ * club
has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
:)))
23 months ago.
 LotharW
LotharW club
Yes the PiP is very impressiv. HFF, Roger
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to LotharW club
Many thanks Lothar.
23 months ago.
 Chris10
Chris10 club
Really great moment Roger.

HFF and a very nice weekend !!!

Greetz, Christien.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Chris10 club
Many thanks Christien really appreciated
23 months ago.
 Betty【ツ】
Betty【ツ】 club
I really like the pip, don't you have the connection to bird watching? HFF Roger !
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Betty【ツ】 club
Many thanks Betty, my bird watching is really confined to the photography side
23 months ago.
 Percy Schramm
Percy Schramm club
Wonderful capture - and a very nice home for these small gulls. HFF, enjoy your weekend, Roger !
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Percy Schramm club
Thank you Percy, the old castle appears well suited to the gulls needs.
23 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
HFF, Roger! The ruin looks great. The high wall of the tower is very impressive. It's interesting that the gulls are nest in the walls.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Susanne Hoy club
Lovely comments Susanne, thank you,
The birds return every year although in smaller numbers than in the past.
23 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
I don't know which I love more--the picture of the ruins or the inset of the gulls nesting! Both are outstanding and wonderful. Love the textures of both. Love thinking about how noisy they must be. What a treat and a special occasion to see them here! :) Thank you for sharing this fine presentation!
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Janet Brien club
Really appreciate your lovely comments Janet, Thank you,
They are really fascinating spent ages watching and photographing them, I have somewhere in the archive a short video with sound will look for it try to attach it to the image
23 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
The ruins of the castle are ideally positioned on the coast to make a great nesting place - so it's easy to see why the birds have appropriated it each year!

This is a super shot Roger..............captured in lovely sunlight. The amount of fine detail you've captured is wonderful. I love the colour of the brickwork and it contrasts nicely with the grass and the blue sky. Excellent work!

HFF to you. Have a splendid weekend.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Keith Burton club
Thank you for the terrific comments Keith, I do remember the noise and an aroma which drifted past on the breeze, have visited a few times over the years and I'm aware of the local peoples concern at the falling numbers of birds compared to the recent past
23 months ago.
 Kenny
Kenny
Amazing brick work love the gulls and the track is an old favourite
Thanks Roger enjoy the weekend HFF
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Kenny
Nice comments Kenny many thanks, the track fitted nicely for once :-))
23 months ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
Better nesting spots than the cliffs HFF I hope you have nice weekend Roger
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Peter Castell club
Thank you Peter, indeed this has much better shelter from the North sea winds.
23 months ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Roger,

Very nice picture, with superb information and PiP. Having the context really adds to the view. (But there appears to be a gap round the end of the fence on the right side near the tower!)

I like it very much

Best wishes, HFF, and a good weekend
Peter
23 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Many thanks Peter, the apparent gap is in fact a sheer drop as the right hand castle wall stretches down to sea level,
I have added another pip from a few years ago to give the image a better perspective
23 months ago.
 sasithorn_s
sasithorn_s club
Very impressive series, Roger! Love the first PiP showing the close-up detail of the ruins with the gulls and their nests. Amazing capture and place!

HFF and a lovely weekend, Roger!
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to sasithorn_s club
Very generous and really appreciated Sasi, thank you
23 months ago.
 Hari Venkat
Hari Venkat
Beautifully captured ruins. The textures are wonderful.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Hari Venkat
Many thanks Hari, really appreciated.
23 months ago.
 Stormlizard
Stormlizard club
Well photographed Roger with documentation.

It reminds me somewhat of 'Gull Island ' in Japan.

I will send you a link later.
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Stormlizard club
Many thanks for the nice comments John they are really appreciated
23 months ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
That's quite amazing, Roger. I can imagine how it must be very noisy too!

I love this song and the video is such fun. They included a lot of little treasures to look for. Great choice. HFF and a good weekend to you too! :)
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Karen's Place club
Enjoyed you comments Karen, many thanks,
23 months ago.
 Pat29
Pat29
Excellent capture Roger
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Pat29
Thank you Pat, They made a bit of a noise
23 months ago.
 Biobauer
Biobauer club
Praktische Nisthilfe HFS
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Biobauer club
Very true, many thanks.
23 months ago.
 grobi358
grobi358 club
Fascinating old castle and awesome PiP's! Excellent capture. Have a nice weekend Roger!
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to grobi358 club
Very generous comments, Many thanks.
23 months ago.
 Janet Brien
Janet Brien club
23 months ago.
 sea-herdorf
sea-herdorf club
Die schlauen Vögel nutzen jeden Vorsprung um in der Ruine ein Nest zu bauen, Roger.
Fanastische Bilder.
Freundliche Grüße und einen schönen Sonntag
Erich
23 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Very generous comments Erich, Many thanks.
23 months ago.
 Ecobird
Ecobird club
An excellent series of images and great track to go with them Roger. It is a lovely location and you are right about the noise!! HFF and have a great weekend
23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to Ecobird club
Enjoyed your comment many thanks.
23 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Excellent capture and PIPs!

Admired in:
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23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to William Sutherland club
Thank you William.
23 months ago.
 slgwv
slgwv club
Wonder how the birds decided on the ruin for a colony in the first place! Presumably they weren't there when the castle was inhabited!
23 months ago. Edited 23 months ago.
Roger (Grisly) club
has replied to slgwv club
The main diet during the breeding season is sand eels of which a plentiful supply is available close by so I assume that to be a contributing factor plus the castle is literally right on the coast but reasonable sheltered.
23 months ago.

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