Northumberland Kittiwake Nesting Alan Hewitt Photography

Nesting Kittiwake – Fujifilm X-T4 & Fujinon 100-400mm (1/1600, f/6.4, ISO320, 400mm)

As lockdown and isolation is slowly relaxed in the UK, I’ve been able to play catch up with a long term project photographing Kittiwakes in the north east of England.

Kittiwakes are probably the true ‘sea gulls’, they spend most of the year at sea and only return to land to breed. They’re well known for their loud ‘Kittiwaaaak’ call which gives them their onomatopoeic name.

At this time of year, the Kittiwakes are in their breeding season and here in Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, we have a good number of nesting sites. With social distancing being part of the plan, I headed to one site in Northumberland where Kittiwakes nest against a backdrop of some incredible geological features. This sort of location and wildlife provides a great opportunity for my preferred approach to wildlife photography, making the habitat a key part of the photograph.

After many weeks in lock down, it was amazing to be on the beach with my camera! Amongst the sights and sounds of the Kittiwakes with the sun on my back on a breezy Northumberland morning.