Monday 16 July 2012

Back to North Wales posts - Sea birds extreme filming

Sorry for the delay in posting I have alot going on out in the field but as the rain is currently pouring it down I have decided to stay in the office and work rather than go out and get wet through working from one of my outside office locations on my local patch.
I will catch up with my blogs about my North Wales trip with abit of filming of Sea birds from Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Cormorants and Guillemots. We arrived at the spot after 30 minutes of kayaking around the great orme kit loaded into our kayaks through swells and high waves. But our work was not over as we then had to climb over slippery, sharp rocks covered in limpets but as we had gloves on and thick trousers it was quite safe until later that day when something unexpected happened. The cliffs were alive with Kitiwakes nests some had 2 chicks but most had one it was amzing to get so close and them be not bothered by our presence on the small outcrop below there nests.
 The nests were very close to each other and every time a parent bird came in the birds on there nests would be very aggresive to each other and sometimes fights were brake out which was amazing to watch.
Other birds above were Cormorants and Guillemots which were alot higher up. So even with the camcorders zoom we could only just about get a close enough shot of there chicks.
Another highlight was 2 Peregrines hunting along the sea bird cliffs calling as they were met by protective parents mobbing them after a while they left probably to hunt the pigeons around the town of Llandudno.
Just before we left a large rock fell from the top of the cliffs and just missed our gear and us filming so after that we decided on leaving due to how many birds were flying out probably dislodging rocks and as we had no helmets on we thought it best to buy some for the next time we film there. 
Below is a clip of the Kittiwakes reacting to the rock falling and as you can hear it was very loud and very close to us.
Thanks for reading



  1. Amazing how those kittiwake nests are perched on the edge of the cliffs like that - lucky you for getting so close!

  2. Thank you, It was an amazing thing to get so close to but dodging the falling rocks and Kitiwake poo was not that fun.