Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Strumble Diary 18/02/2019

Despite the rising temperatures of late the stiff westerly winds were still chilled and biting during this session. The porpoise though don't care for our world and were there in good numbers feeding well and luckily for me quite close in meaning a chance for some good images. A steady stream of porpoise in small groups of three to four and some singles kept me busy on the shutter button over an hour or more as the tide race formed. In between shooting and as I was talking to some visitors an adult seal brought up an octopus right in front of the lookout. Something we often see the new young seals doing in Sept - Oct but this is the first time I've observed an adult with one. Sadly no marked porpoise today but a very good and productive session all the same.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Strumble Diary 17/02/2019

Thankfully a bright and dry day but the wind from the south still carrying that winter chill. It was also nice to see visitors back once again as the English half term gets underway. The tide race formed sooner than of late as we come off the neap tides and move toward the bigger tides. A good bit of porpoise action mainly to the north and northwest of the lookout with some close in giving a good view for images. The rough numbers were in the region of a dozen animals with the highlight being a well marked porpoise showing several times early in the session. The library of marked animals now number in the eighties and is building quite steadily.
 As one of only four organisations worldwide carrying out this kind of research it's very satisfying to know we are leading the way in this field with more marked animals recorded than in the other studies. It's thanks to Holly and our volunteers who have enabled the expansion of the project that have put us in this unique position and lets hope we can sustain this going forward.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Strumble Diary 12/02/2019

A very different day at Strumble today with a southerly wind, low cloud and sporadic drizzle. Needless to say the light was very poor so the images are not the best. The tide race was almost non existent as we are moving toward neap tides with very low coefficients. The porpoise were there though with quite a number seen at distance and just passing through. Several were feeding in what tide race did develop with the action spanning an hour or so but sightings were brief.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Strumble Diary 11/02/2019

It seems an age since I posted last. I have been going to Strumble but the truth is that between poor weather and generally lower numbers of porpoise shooting has been difficult to say the least. Today though was a better affair with bright sunshine and a lighter wind than of late. It was a rising tide not far off it's maximum but the porpoise were still milling around and feeding in what was left of the tide race. Hopefully with fair weather for most of the week and with the flood tides advancing I'll have more of a chance of some decent surveys. A bonus from today was a marked porpoise (last image) we've not seen before so another for the Fin ID Catalogue.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Porpoises getting a bit frisky at Pen Anglas!

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Although the porpoises were out in full force today, the light was very dull! Meaning the porpoise photo ID team were struggling to get any good photos during their survey at Pen Anglas. Luckily just as it brightened up they managed to catch a couple of porpoises putting on an extremely quick show of some typical mating behaviour. 👀Not a bad 1st survey for new volunteer Mair Elliott!