Kittiwakes return to St Abbs Head NNR

St Abbs Head National Nature Reserve is situated six or seven miles north of Berwick upon Tweed and sticks out into the North Sea. The sea cliffs are an excellent place for nesting seabirds and I went along to see  just what had returned to the nesting sites. It is a little early but there on the sea cliffs were hundreds of kittiwakes sitting and squabbling and calling with the iconic kittiwake calls. There was also a small number of razorbills at the bottom of the cliffs just above the tide line. There were a number of guillemots sitting on the sea just off St Abbs and they will settle on the cliffs very soon along with the rest of the razorbills.

I held a workshop there a few days later and we took some pictures of the kittiwakes in the early morning sunshine. I think these are a very handsome bird and quite like to sit and watch them fly round and interact and watch them land on the nest sites.

I am looking forward to going back to St Abbs very soon to see all the nesting seabirds  sitting on their nests on the cliffs.

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Ron McCombe

I am a full time wildlife photographer living in the Scottish Borders. I do most of my photography in Scotland in the Highlands and Islands as well as the Scottish Borders. I also travel to Northern Scandinavia, North America, Canada and South Africa to photograph birds and mammals. I organize workshops and deliver illustrated talks on birds and wildlife. My work has been featured in many magazines and publication and I have written just one book so far entitled “Wildlife through my Viewfinder” which is a collection of photographs and the stories behind them. I hope you enjoy this blog and website. I will try to update it as often as possible. I have recently started a newsletter, if you would like to receive it please sign up using the button on the front page of my website

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