The majority of the lighthouses that I have seen have round towers, this one stood out because it is a castellated square tower lighthouse.

P1000451 Square Tower Lighthouse

Further on, along the natural cliff strata, sea birds had taken up their bijoux residences. Fulmars, not the most pleasant bird characters to cross, were staking in their real estate claims. They are related to the Albatross family and other bird life wouldn’t want their ‘sticky torpedoes’ to land on them.

This settled couple look as if they wouldn’t say ‘boo’ to a goose.

P1000459 A pair of Fulmars

But, this one is not too happy at being left alone:

P1000463 calling Fulmar

Close to the coast line the Guillemots bobbed around on the water and a number of Fulmars flew above.

P1000468 Fulmar + Guilliemot_edited-1P1000469 Sea bird life_edited-1

Wandering much further on, these stacks came into view, shrouded in a light sea haze.

P1000455 Duncansby Stacks.

In the Sandstone cliff face, we saw ‘Guillemot Tower’…. was there going to be room for newcomers? It looked a very overcrowded.

P1000484 Guillemot Tower


0 thoughts on “COASTAL SIGHTS

  1. Lovely photos. Lighthouses by their existence are designed to stand out in a crowd. The old Flamborough Lighthouse, the oldest in Britain apparently, was octagonal. You can see it quite clearly on Google Earth. The one you show looks like a salt pot I have made from Fermanagh porcelein (not Beleek) of Crom Castle.

  2. Thanks Munzly. Fortunately when we made the visit in February this year, it was not a blustery day (like today is). It was safe therefore to be near the clifftop edge.

  3. I’m learning about the birds, partly because of the useful information boards that were in the location advising visitors what they might see at any given period of the year. We also have an old RSPB book to refer to. The seagulls we see near home are the common variety and also the herring gulls which are really big. You’ll see them on the Yorkshire coastline and in the coastal towns.

  4. I am pleased you enjoyed the ‘clifftop ramble’. I looked back at when we visited; it was February this year and a pretty calm day.

    Just as well πŸ˜‰

  5. I remember the Flamborough Head lighthouse; what a wind there was the day I visited. It was warm though. I sat down in its shadows. That was a day when I took in Robin Hood Bay as well. Thanks for reminding me of it. I must have some very old pics somewhere of the event. They may turn up one day.

    The light house is interesting, because all the others to be seen, and there were a few, had round towers. Even one I took a photo of about 25 miles out at sea on a small land mass was circular. I didn’t post the picture as my lens was tested beyond its limits; although it performed quite well.

  6. Thanks for the compliment Mira. As yet, on visits to places where the Fulmars reside, I haven’t upset them enough to be squirted on. πŸ™‚

    You must have similar bird life where you are.

  7. You certainly do have a range of older and younger herring gulls eyeing up each other. Try and get a ‘spotters’ book on sea birds, like the type the RSPB publish, unless of course, you prefer to go up the very serious ornithology route.

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