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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Sea Birds, Historic Buildings and Modern Art

Boy was that a muggy night!! I woke at 4:30, no alarm, and thought that I may as well go!

I went first to Bempton Cliffs. I knew it would be bird light but I saw what I wanted: Puffins (all at sea), Gannets, Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Razorbills and there were Skylarks and Tree Sparrows. What i hadn't bargained for were the thunder bugs which made it very unpleasant! They were really bad!!















So I went to Burton Agnes. It has a fine church,











old norman hall


and the "new" hall.



It's a private house and I was rather shocked I could take pictures.





















































Ahem I may have overdone the photos again :D I took loads!!!

11 comments:

oldcrow61 said...

Pete, I don't know how you managed to outdo the last trip, lol. A spectacular coast line and the birds are fabulous! And the church, what wonderful stuff inside. The skulls and skeletons are enough to make one drool. I figure I might as well look into getting a freighter. You're going to have your hands full, lol. That house is just wonderful. I see I'm going to have to make a spider like that one hanging off the branch for one of my trees. Fabulous stuff!!

Ragged Robin said...

Sounds like a good first day, thunderbugs excepted! I love the photos at Bempton - you can almost smell and hear the birds. The church and house look interesting and the gardens lovely.

digibirder said...

Never been to Burton Agnes - looks very interesting.

We were inundated with an army of those pesky thunder-flies too. Most annoying having to retreat indoors and shut doors and windows in this hot weather.

Looking forward to meeting up Monday for Castle Howard - somewhere else new to us.

Tricia said...

Amazing that the birds can "cliff-hang" as they do; and equally that young ever get hatched without eggs rolling into the sea.

Burton Agnes seems so diverse and some wonderful objects!

Love the swallows on Bamboo!

Attila The Mom said...

Wow, just fantastic!! What were those big dead-looking tree things in the private residence? That's some wacky art!

ST said...

i just love your pictorial guides.
They always make me want to explore, more of the british isles.

Pete said...

attila = meant to be a spider and a caterpillar. the family are into modern art.

oc - i thought of you :D

ST - why thank you.

DB - its a nice place curiously I preferred it more than last time I visited which was 7 years ago.

RR - boy can you smell it when the weather is warm.

Trish - swallows? most annoying as i had a 150 macro on instead of the 70-300.

Tricia said...

Doh ! - House martins!

Pete said...

look again they are swallows

diddums said...

You've got some spooky pictures there! (The mammoth spider, and the thing crawling up the tree...)

Attila The Mom said...

LOL! I meant the thing (don't know what to call it!) that's inside the room with the dead branches that go all the way up to the ceiling!