Storm surge – gannets at Bamburgh


Acrylic on paper, 35cm x 45cm

A few years ago I witnessed some ‘heavy weather’ on the coast at Bamburgh, by the lighthouse just north of the castle , and have been meaning to do something with it ever since. As any surfer will tell you the strong offshore winds held up the waves, increasing their size as they came tumbling in to shore. Crouched in the shelter of some rocks on the beach I made some sketches and the idea for this painting developed.

A party of gannets glided past, dipping out of sight in the troughs of the waves and remerging to wheel in long, sweeping arcs before diappearing again. In the way of many seabirds  they  seemed utterly unfazed by the stormy conditions.

It is just possible  to make out a bit of the Farne Islands on the right-hand horizon.

This painting will be on show at my one-man exhibition ‘From Antarctica to Aberlady’ which runs from 15th November to 14th January at the Donald Watson Gallery  near Edinburgh. The gallery enjoys stunning views across Aberlady Bay and the Firth of Forth.

Donald Watson Gallery, the Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC), Aberlady, East Lothian, EH32 0PY,  Tel; 01875 871330


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  • Redshank
  • Jewels of sunlight
  • Grey wagtail
  • Shallow waters
  • Snow charm
  • Snowy birches and ermine
  • Avocet
  • Moorhen and bulrushes
  • Melting away (snipe)
  • At the waterline
  • Winter fox
  • St Mary’s seals
  • The Gathering
  • Short-eared owl
  • Abernethy Forest pool
  • Redshank alarm
  • Evening pools – wigeon
  • Silver light
  • Aberlady Bay
  • Fishing in the flow tide – Little egret
  • Long-eared owl
  • Shrimping
  • Purple sandpipers
  • Morecambe Bay waders
  • Storm surge – gannets at Bamburgh
  • Sandpiper flight
  • Lindisfarne Bay
  • Heading north – migrating dunlin
  • Redshank
  • Against the light
  • Spring tide
  • Marsh grass
  • Warming up
  • Snow petrel
  • Smiling at the sun (rock martins at Abu Simbel)
  • Salt marsh sentinel
  • Making waves
  • Log pile
  • The sand martin and the jellyfish
  • Humpbacks in the Gerlache Strait
  • Dipper
  • Beachcombers
  • Run-off

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