Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Strumble Diary:Gale force Porp

A brief look at the big sea  and gales that kept the  Stena Europe ferry at its berth today but among the big windswept combers a Porpoise briefly showed today!

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Strumble Diary 27/02/2019

After a short session in the Ocean Lab with some of the other volunteers having an informal talk with one of our funders assessors where we extolled the virtues of volunteering and how it affects our lives, I headed out to Strumble fairly late in the tide but thankfully there were a good number of porpoise still milling around but quite a way out from the lookout. We are coming toward the smaller tides of the month so the tide race was quite a weak affair. Sightings of note were a mother and calf, possibly the same pair as sighted in Ramsey Sound a few days back and a marked animal with a notch on the front of it's dorsal fin.

Monday, 25 February 2019

We Headed West 25/02/2019

Having had a couple of sessions to the east of Strumble it was time to go west as they say and on such a glorious day Ramsey Sound was the perfect place to enjoy the winter warmth and do some porpoise spotting. I'll try and let the pictures tell the story.

Holly, Mair and Fran set up at the old copper mine opposite the Bitches with the sun beating down and the flood flow still strong passing left to right. Things were very slow at the start and it was some 45 minutes into the survey before the first lone porpoise appeared some one hundred metres or so away in the middle of the sound.

We had to wait another 15 minutes or so for the next sighting and from then on we were kept on our toes as  several porpoise moved through feeding as they went. One, a marked animal was present throughout the session appearing in quite a few of the images.

One of our last sightings was of a mother and calf coming down with the tide and although only a brief sighting I did manage a couple of shots but sadly we didn't see them again.

Holly has taken to learning seal speak off  Rob Havard and is now quite skilled at calling in the seals. However, this one seemed quite puzzled. It must be her accent.

Finally, I couldnt resist capturing the local scenery as it looked magnificent in the hazy sunshine and I always think the south end of Ramsey is quite majestic and magical anyway. These show the southern tip of the island and Ynys Eilun at the south end of the sound.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

A Taste For More 24/02/2019

Given the weather forecast and the tides I decided to give Pen Anglas another shot to end this week. The weather was fair with a light SE breeze, calm seas and thankfully porpoise on arrival. It was shortly before high water and the eddy flow around the bay was producing a westerly flow slipping between the rocks and the main NE flow further out.What porpoise were there seemed to like it anyway and were happily milling around between deep dives to feed. The action lasted until roughly 45 mins after high water and one by one they moved out to deeper water. That was it and I spent the next three hours gazing out over a blue sea in the pleasant February sunshine with just the birds and the sound of the swells breaking gently over the rocks below me. Ah heaven!!!

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Strumble Diary A CHANGE OF SCENE 22/02/2019

On the back of the teams spotting of common dolphins at Pen Anglas yesterday I decided to brave the chill of the SE wind, put the walking boots on and head there in the hopes the commons might still be around. I arrived just after 10am and settled at a spot between Crincoed point and Pen Anglas. There was a big swell running in from the west which promised some good action if the porpoise were about. Thirty minutes in and my first sighting was of a porpoise coming in from the NE (Dinas Hd direction) and it stayed around for fifteen minutes or so just milling around in the tidal flow. Over the next hour or so several more animals moved through the flow presenting some good image opportunities with a couple of marked animals amongst them. Scrambling around the rocks from the fog horn came Lloyd, Ben and Dawn and so with four sets of eyes on the job we settled in for a full session. Only another four or five animals were spotted over the next hour and a half and with the tide now having dropped away considerably we packed the gear away and headed for the steep climb back to the coast path. Pen Anglas brings you really close to the porpoise and allows for some great close up images so given the right weather conditions I hope to get there more frequently through the coming year.

Smile for the camera.