Saturday, 13 January 2018

Natural History Museum, London

Whales: Beneath the Surface. In this season of short days, strong winds and choppy seas I usually manage a short break to London. This year the Natural History Museum was a must, firstly because they have the full skeleton of a blue whale in the main entrance hall to replace Dippy the dinosaur but also they have a special exhibition on cetaceans which is due to close at the end of February. The exhibition was outstanding. It took me almost 2 hours to get around it, examining the exhibits, watching the videos etc. There was a high tech bit where you could try your skills at echo location to catch fish but with my hearing ability I skipped that! One of the high points for me were orca jaws complete with teeth. I had read that orcas that feed on herring and mackerel had different wear on their teeth from those feeding on seals and porpoise. Well the difference in the teeth was remarkable. To finish the day I had to go to the Marine Mammal Hall. It is showing its age and needs a good dusting but it is nice to compare the sizes of the varying models displayed.

Interesting programme about it a few weeks ago Steve, apparently the whale stranded on Rosslare Strand back in March 1891 we missed it!
Interesting programme about it a few weeks ago

Friday, 12 January 2018

Strumble Diary 8/1/ 12

Just a brief visit on the falling tide. Our porps were present and according to another person (John Russel of Mathry) they had been showing well quite and close. These were all pretty distant and have been heavily cropped which is why they are a late posting. (See previous posting for the 9th)
I only just got around to processing them.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Strumble Diary 10/01/2018

Such a lovely sunny day today I had to get my Strumble fix. Although the tides are small right now which can mean lower numbers I was full of hope for a good session after the high count Holly and Rob had yesterday. Things were very slow to start and I didn't see my first porp until over an hour into the session just as Holly & Co arrived. Sightings were scarce and brief. Just a few scattered animals to start with and then out in the tide race a fifteen minute period where several animals were feeding against the tide. They were distant and not showing that well and despite a click count of around 29 or so there were no images captured. However, they were there and the recording continues.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Holly and Rob on Porp form!

I visited Strumble yesterday where Mathry's John Russel had been watching Porpoises for some time, I had a few half-hearted  attempts at snapping some more distant ones but clearly I had arrived a bit late.Today Holly and volunteer Rob Havard got it right as Holly's pic's show!

There really is no such productive coastal site where Porpoises gather  so consistently or in such numbers year round, year in year out! 

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Power to the People from Stevo!

Stephen Lucas
Minke Whale!

13:32 (1 hour ago)
to me
Right! over last year of reports from 2017 there is  293 blog posts,  amazing!
It just shows what is actually out there in the animal kingdom, so much variety of
wildlife on our doorsteps of  what  nature give us joy and happiness and love of abundance and excitement  as well and also ihave to say is. Team Sea Trust when i go out there with them to see
all this vibrant cetaceans, it is magical! we are very lucky to live
where we are, in. Pembrokeshire with all the richness and the diversity
of wildlife, absolutely awesome.

Cheers Stevo.
Power to the People.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Strumble Diary 06/01/2018

Another day it was and the NE wind certainly stirred things up a bit over sea and land. With little or no shelter inside the lookout from this direction of wind and with very turbulent swells out in the tide race I joined Derek from Clarbeston Road who was there when I arrived. Both well wrapped up we settled into the session knowing it was going to be a challenge spotting porps in these conditions. As we waited a kestrel made several passes as it hunted along the cliffs for it's next meal. As the ebb flow built we spotted a couple of porps out in the rough water to the NE. The sightings increased as time went by and they were getting closer. Derek left around 2pm and I continued and was later joined by Emma, Heather and George from Llangolman who had popped out for Heather to try out her new 10 x 50's. I guided them on to some close in porps and we watched the last of the action before things died off completely. I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of Heather at Strumble as she has a keen interest as well as those new binos. Lovely to see you all too. Shortly after they departed I decided it was time to go too so at around 15.10pm I called it a day, folded the tripod and made my way home.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Tomorrow is Another Day

I had a late afternoon visit to Strumble today, more to get some fresh air than anything else but always on the lookout for porpoise etc. Well the sun was going down and there was nowhere near enough light for the long lens so I had to just look to see if there was anything there. The tide was still ebbing strongly and true to form for this time of the tide there were several porpoise visible in the twilight off the lighthouse feeding right up to darkness I suspect. Not to waste the journey and as a sort of interlude until the next batch of cetacean shots I have taken a few images of my favourite haunt to keep you entertained. If by any chance you have the time and fancy some fresh air tomorrow I intend to be at the lookout between 11am and approx 3pm to catch the ebb tide and whatever it may bring. Just dress warm as there will be a keen NE wind and even bring a hot flask to help with the staying power if you wish.

PS. Don't forget your Binoculars. 


Monday, 1 January 2018

New Years Day 2018 Sea Trust Annual Porpoise Watch!

Stevo in action!
Cold blustery North Westerly but some bright sunshine. A hardy gang of Sea Trust supporters gathered at the Strumble lookout more in an act of hope than certainty as conditions were pretty unfavourable. It turned out to be more of a social experience than a porpoise watch but good to meet up with friends old and new! It was probably the only NYD watch blank we have ever experienced but it was great to be out there and even better to get back to tea and crumpets!
Stevo's Pic!

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Strumble Diary 30/12/2017

With the end of the year only hours away there was a chance to get out for possibly the last session of the year. With the light quality fading fast brother Mike and myself settled in for a few hours of serious porp spotting. The first hour as the flood tide started was very quiet with only the birds showing any kind of movement with several divers and a female peregrine breaking the wait for the porps to come in. Late on though and with the daylight going nearly as quick as the tide several porps came in to the race to feed giving me just enough time to capture a good few of them close in. Pleased to note a returning porp with fin markings seen before. Another for Holly's Fin ID project.