Saturday, 28 March 2015

Strumble Dairy:report from Stevo and Tony Lucas,

Stevo and Tony Lucas spent a couple of hours at Strumble yesterday watching a group of 20+ porpoises feeding in the tide race.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Strumble Head 25th March.

It took a while but eventually some Porpoises were seen feeding under the Gannets out in the Tide Race to the Northwest, probably four to five animals. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

March Stena Survey with three species recorded.

The outward leg yesterday was about as good as it gets with sea state 1 good visibility and 13 separate sightings.  Porpoises popped up from the start with several around  Strumble and one or two further out.
About halfway we saw a lot of gannets which put us onto a big pod of  circa 60 common dolphins  all a bit distant but nice to see.
Surprise of the day were a couple of Risso's dolphins just outside Rosslare Harbour which finished the trip off nicely.
Today was less good with stronger breeze and a choppy sea but we did manage to get another large Dolphin Pod, possibly the same ones feeding under lots of gannets and again pretty distant, at least a mile away  As usual we had a couple of Porpoise sightings on the way in past Strumble to finish us off nicely!
Thanks to all the officers and crew of the Stena Europe for looking after us and the shore staff for looking after the bookings. The breakfasts are really good, heartily recommended!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Strumble diary Saturday 14th March Splashy stuff!

 A really quick visit to Strumble  this morning with Erik and Cristina, A cold Easterly breeze had us huddled behind the lookout and a mistyness was reducing visibility.There were porp's about but the sea was a bit mixed up and getting shots of them was very hit and miss.

We looked for some bird activity to point out where they were feeding. In the summer its always Gannets that show us where they are but in the winter its usually gulls. On this occasion it was a Common Gull!

Not long after other gulls joined in, but with the poor visibility and the porpoises random surfacing  these shots were the best I could manage. Lets hope they are more obliging for our Four o Clock Porp Watch tomorrow, one of our Science Day Event, we are running in Partnership with the Bristish Science Association

Friday, 13 March 2015

Strumble Diary: report from Stevo and Joel...

Yesterday morning in blustery choppy conditions Stevo and Joel spotted a small group porpoises feeding in the tide race...

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Commons heading North..

Just had a call from Steve Berry letting us know a pod of about eight common Dolphins were passing north towards Newport past Dinas Head he said they seemed to be feeding. Common Dolphin sightings are pretty rare for this time of the year so worth getting out and having a look for them!

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Strumble Diary:Thursday March 5th ... Surfy porp dudes and mother/s? with Calve/s?

Our first visit to Strumble this month as tides/wind/weather/other stuff, had not been favourable.
As we arrived it was obvious that the big tide was rushing through fast and we had probably missed the best of the action as the ebbing tide carried the porp's out past the lighthouse. (This was later confirmed by some visiting Geologists from Hereford) 

Distant surfy porp!

I managed to snap a surfy Porp in the distance having missed others as they retreated out of sight. 

Mother and Calf... 
We were ready to leave when we realised a mother was leading a small calf out of the tide race into the calmer inshore area.They came past us quite close , (see Cristina's film). We are not sure if it was one mother and calf or two which illustrates the difficulties of actually counting porpoises even at close range!

...or maybe two mothers with calf's?

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Strumble Diary: Porp's from Rich and Sean

Rich and Sean had an hour at Strumble today with a minimum estimate of 15 porpoises seen. also of interest were a female Peregrine, several Red Throated Divers and apparently "flocks of Meadow Pipits"