Friday, 21 October 2011

English Channel approx 20nm off Start Point

Out on a fishing boat yesterday approx 20nm SE of Start Point. Good numbers of Bonxies, with c30 around the boat. One Arctic Skua (pale phase adult), 2 Mediterranean Gulls (ads) in with numerous Kittiwakes, 2 Little Gulls (ad and 1w), 2 European Storm-petrels. Best of all a Leach's Storm-petrel passed by a distance, quite a white-rumped bird - I managed to get a couple of shots (see below, fully cropped- this bird could easily be called something else if seen briefly on a seawatch!). Photos below: Leach's, Bonxies, Arctic Skua and Med Gull.