Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Catch up!

I have just got back from a two week break in West Cork, Ireland which sadly coincided with gales etc which meant I failed to get to see any whales. We did get out briefly with Colin Barnes but although we connected with  some porpoises and a couple of Common Dolphins the sea conditions worsened and we had to abandon the trip. 
Back home now and I have just been chatting with Adrian Roger (Wdig Birder)  who tells me that despite some pretty stormy weather here, Risso's continue to show up at Strumble and there was another report of Bottlenose Dolphins in Fishguard Bay last week.   
Tony Gallon and Liz Dowcra braved some less than helpful weather conditions aboard the Stena Nordica surveying our Hollyhead Dublin route.Despite trying conditions they did spot a Dolphin although were not sure as to species, also a single porpoise. Grey seals were also in evidence as were several species of sea birds.
We will be leading one of our Wildlife Observer Wales (WOW) Cetacean Courses with our Colleagues from Pembrokeshire College this week so hopefully the weather will be kind and the cetaceans will be showing off!