Saturday, 16 August 2014

An early morning visit to Strumble this morning found Richard Stonier back from his pelagic adventures off the Scillies (see Turtle report below) and peering towards Ireland through his telescope.We spent an amiable hour chatting and scouring the sea but with little reward other than a few Manxies, Fulmars, Kittiwakes etc.A distant Gannet feeding flock looked interesting but even through the 'scope were too distant to see whatever cetaceans might be part of the ensemble.

We caught on to a flock of Scoter passing west some time later and as it continued on its way we noticed the Gannets were somewhat closer...
I concentrated on the flock and soon noticed the sharp hooked fins of several, probably a dozen or so Common Dolphins including at least one small juveniles scything through the waves as they fed beneath the Gannets. Not a bad way to start the day!
The feeding flock were moving closer with the tide and it seems probable that they will be well within binocular range as the morning progresses unless something disturbs them!
RS had a single sighting of a Risso's Breaching, after I left!