Friday, 20 July 2012

Skokholm and Mwnt from Stevo, great day on Skomer!

Friday 13th July
Mum, Dad and I arrived for a 3 day break at Skokholm Island.
Arrived on the island in the morning at 8:45am.
We spent a morning session looking for seabirds and then we had lunch in the wheelhouse.
And then had an afternoon siesta for 1 1/2 hours.
At 4pm we walked around the east end of the island we watched and about 18:10pm.
We saw a group of 6 Common dolphins traveling in a hurry from east to west.

Saturday 14th July

Mum, Dad and I went to the lighthouse of Skokholm.
And we sat over looking the ebbing tide race for 2 hours.
During that time we saw 5 Harbour Porpoises .
The wardens of the island saw a group of 10 Common Dolphins
before we arrived for our watch at around 10:30am.


Thursday 19th July
Chris and I with Christina went to Mwnt at 1pm when we arrived on the headland.
We saw 3 Bottlenose Dolphins milling around in the area and then they were gone.
After 1 hour my. Mum and Dad, Tony and Lorraine with Etienne Luxton arrived on the headland.
At 2:00pm when we were all looking out to sea we started to see more Bottlenose Dolphins
with 1 adult and a calf.
Not long after , these 2 were joined by another mother and calf, and 2 other adults, making 6 animals altogether.
We watched them all foraging around until 14:45pm when they all travelled eastwards towards Aberporth.
And we all left Mwnt soon afterwards.


P:S first sightings of the month of 3 visits to Mwnt when the watch was started!

Nice one Stevo, Cristina and I were invited over to Skomer by Assistant Warden, Sarah Harris to clarify the cetacean watching protocols. This also gave us the oportunity to watch some superb Porps including mother and calf off the Garland Stone as well as some seals. Sarah has an impressive amount of experience gained from the Calf of Man and is really keen, so we are in safe hands there. Although Skomers peak season is calming down it was an absolute blast being there and I really fancy a late season visit. Go to Skomer any time you can or any of our Pembrokeshire islands, Its a real good way of clearing your head and getting to grips with real nature unplugged!

This and other film I took yesterday was interesting because w could watch from above and in good light. The fact we could see the porp's below the surface also gave some fascinating insights. The main one is the impossibilty of counting porpoises accurately as the erratic nature of their movements on the surface make it so easy to confuse one animal with another. Unfortunately the low definition of the film as shown here may not reveal the underwater movement but it really is fascinating to watch. I would dearly love to get more of thisa kind of footage!