Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Sharkham Point

A second seawatch of the day from 1300-1515hrs, this time without sun but reduced viz and at times slight drizzle and an increasing SW wind.

A really great couple of hours started with a day trawler creating a mass feeding frenzy. It tracked around for an hour with masses of birds before it reached Berry Head and the birds then dispersed. All the Storm Petrels and Sooty Shearwaters followed this boat. Later coming back south giving some stunning views. Quality was in the form of an adult Pom Skua with complete tail coming past close.
Totals as follows
EuropeanStorm Petrel 25+ (best count I could manage), Adult pale phase Pomarine Skua (with spoons), 10 Arctic Skua, 13 Great Skua, 12 Balearic Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Common Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, also masses of Gulls, Gannets, and Kitts
It was hectic behind that trawler!
Also nice views of a Bottlenose dolphin passing through.