Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Breakwater Bottles 27/6/16 Late ish

While Cliff and the three Amigos were out at Strumble yesterday I took a trip out onto the breakwater to find Appache and Ringo circling around off the end some 200 Mtrs out toward Dinas Hd. A couple of slower boats passed during the session and thankfully all of them showed respect to our visitors by slowing to observe and then quietly carrying on. Ian got a good show with both animals passing within approx six metres or so. They moved out further and returned several times only once or twice coming a little closer in. I stayed for just over an hour and as I left I handed over to Cliff who had just come back from Strumble.

Enjoy the pics.
Ken.











Monday, 27 June 2016

Strumble diary 27/6/16. choppyand slack water again

Sunny but a stiff breeze from the NW which with bright sunshine made for difficult viewing, combined with slack water and minimum activity so only a couple of shots again!



Sunday, 26 June 2016

Fishguard Bottles 26/6/16

A damp and gloomy day but a message from Curly of an otter off the cow and calves rocks in Fishguard Bay off the outer breakwater this morning cheered me up. Although the Otter had gone by the time I got there Curly was still there to point out that the dolphins had arrived. It was murky with poor light but I managed a few shots and proof that Apache and Ringo are still in residence.





Like I say, it was pretty gloomy out there which did not make for getting sharp images possible. A closer seal eating an eel was a nice bonus!



Fishguard Bottles 26/6/16

A damp and gloomy day but a message from Curly of an otter off the cow and calves rocks in Fishguard Bay off the outer breakwater this morning cheered me up. Although the Otter had gone by the time I got there Curly was still there to point out that the dolphins had arrived. It was murky with poor light but I managed a few shots and proof that Apache and Ringo are still in residence.





Like I say, it was pretty gloomy out there which did not make getting sharp images possible. A closer seal eating an eel was a nice bonus!



Saturday, 25 June 2016

Strumble Diary 24th June 16: Slack water survey...

I think it was Sarah Earl who first recognised the fact that the Strumble porpoises travel up and down with the tide back in the early 1990's and over the years this has been proven beyond doubt.
So when our visit coincided with that period in between the tides known as slack water, it was no surprise that sightings were few, as the Porp's would be around the corner to the east of us.
And so it panned out, with only one sighting on the third of our five minute counts. 
However as the tide began to ebb, on our last count we had half a dozen sightings the porpoises started to return on the head of the tide.Consequently I only got a couple of distant record shots.




Thursday, 23 June 2016

Strumble Diary 23/6/16

Got to the breakwater a bit late this morning only to see two bottlenose making their way out due to boat activity close by. Not to worry as I'm sure they will keep coming. So it was off to Strumble around 12.30pm for the ebb tide. Plenty of action and was joined by my cousin Chris and wife Anna and together we enjoyed an active session with upwards of fourty to sixty showing during the the time we were there. Another mother and calf pairing possibly the same ones as yesterday but I haven't had time to check that out as yet. Shortly after 2pm the action started to move off to the west and at around 3ish we called it a day.









Wednesday, 22 June 2016

More old friends...

Amazing stuff from Ken at Strumble today, taking the pic's is the fun part but processing them is hard work Great stuff Ken glad you are back! and  I am also glad someone else is back!
The Dolphins hanging around Fishguard Bay have been pretty surreptitious, playing  hard to get, making getting  good shots  difficult. I did get one today which although not as crisp as I would like, I think confirms Apache and Ringo are back...


Apache was so named because she has a  pale patch on the upper leading edge of her dorsal fin and Ringo because he had a pronounced eye ring which I think both are pretty obvious in this pic'.
Hopefully Ken will get a better shot in the next few days but I am 95% sure they are the same animals.

Strumble Diary 22/6/16 Calves Galore Part I

As I arrived Cliff and one of the Amigos were finishing off a click count. It seems things were a bit quiet to that point but it was picking up as the ebb tide increased in pace. Lots of bird activity with gulls and gannets all over the tide race and an ever increasing number of feeding porps too. We spotted a mother and calf pair and I tried to follow them hoping for some good shots in the near ideal conditions. I soon had a few in the bag as Cliff left the lookout. For the sake of keeping the images in chronological order they are in the post preceeding this one. As the time went on wave after wave of porps came throught he race with the feeding being very hectic. Always difficult at this time due to their speed and eratic directions. Things did calm a bit and to my delight another mother, calf, + another (male) came into view.  They were relatively close in and spent a couple of minutes circling around giving me the perfect opportunity to catch some good shots. The mother has distinctive fin markings and I'm not sure if we've seen this one before. With more than enough images to keep the Porpmeister happy in the bag I finished the session about 13.30pm.

Please also view part two. Previous post.


Mother with maturing calf close by.


Mother calf + another

Mother

Mother with calf following

Off the top of a swell.

Calf on it's own

Riding on mothers shoulder.

Strumble Diary 22/6/16 Calves Galore Part II

The second part of todays postings. featuring another mother and calf plus some other porps for good measure. These were the first to be seen in the session just as Cliff was leaving for a meeting so it was down to me to deliver and the porps of course who certainly played their part today. Note the fin of the accompanying animal as I'm sure it's one we've seen before.

Calf following

Calf, Mother & Male?

Mother keeping an eye on the calf

Calf tight to mother.