Thursday, 8 October 2015

footage of the bottles at Fishguard harbour mouth

The bottles put on a bit of a show again yesterday from north breakwater! Myself, Marged, Cliff and Ken were treated to some great action which was a lovely way to end the day!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

The Bottles Are Back

I took a look from the beacon at Harbour Village today and to my surprise saw fifteen or so Bottlenose in the bay. A quick  call in at the Ocean Lab to inform the team and it was off to the breakwater. Several shipping movements kept them at the far side of the bay for a while but eventually they made their way toward the breakwater and joined by Cliff, Marged and Barbara we watched a great show.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Thanks to Cliff for the previous post and the information given. Indeed a wonderful afternoon both in terms of weather and sightings. Lovely to see the large pod of Commons coming through which sent me home with a large smile on my face. Lots of interest shown by a few visitors too as we came toward the end of the survey. This is the best of the bunch of images I captured and given the distance off shore I'm happy with the result.

                                          Had to squeeze this little Porp in.

Super Strumble!

Lovely day today, 
Marged, Hannah and myself met up with Adrian and Ken at Strumble. The porpoises were there in numbers estimated at over 50 and then to ice the cake, a pod of around 20 common Dolphins sped along about a mile and a half out passing at speed. My pictures are not that good given the distance but they are worth showing as a record...

I suspect Ken m
ight have a few better ones!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

From Ian Hotchin...

I was out in my boat all morning, saw lots of diving gannets and other sea birds feeding, but no dolphins. I saw one porpoise about 2 miles NE of Dinas Head.

Ian Hotchin 
This morning I ventured out onto the north breakwater before heading to Ocean Lab. No dolphins or porps to be seen, but through binoculars what looked like hundreds of seabirds in the distance all circling, feeding and dive bombing. Too far in the distance for any pics for my humble bridge camera! Maybe the dolphins have just moved further out to feed?

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Today Marged and myself took a group of scouts onto the north breakwater to look for dolphins. Calm conditions and quite warm. There was quite a heavy sea mist still lurking so visibility wasn't great. I saw at least 4 bottlenose in the distance, but unfortunately they didn't venture any closer. Marged spotted a seal popping up to say hello and there were 2 unidentified cetaceans later on, enjoying the wake of a fishing boat as it came into harbour; seen by the lads and their scout leader. They also recorded lots of sea birds and hopefully next time, we'll see some close-up dolphin action!

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Bottlenose dolphins in Fishguard

Some film of the bottlenose dolphins in Fishguard Harbour last Friday. They have been a pretty consistent presence with us here in the harbour since the middle of July this year!

Sunday, 27 September 2015

A Week on Skomer

I am just back from a week on Skomer. Porpoise every day from both Skomer Head and the Garland Stone. Common dolphin seen twice but unfortunately not by me. My wildlife high point was finding a convolvulus hawk enormous beast!!
A brilliant week and as I was enjoying a final cup of tea overlooking North Valley as the sun was setting on my last night a pod of 40 - 50 common dolphin put on a display in a very calm St Brides Bay. They must have been 1 1/2 to 2 miles away but were feeding and breaching for at least 1/2 hour. Not to be outdone 2 short eared owls came out to hunt looking spectacular as the late evening sun illuminated them with a pinkish redish hue.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Sometimes words are just not enough.

We hear you  loud and clear Cliff.