Friday, 19 August 2016

Pembrokeshire Pelagic

I joined the Mid Pembs and Pembrokeshire Bird Group Pelagic aboard the Celtic Wildcat yesterday on a rare day of calm conditions out at sea. Although a bit choppy on the way out once past Grassholm the sea calmed down and further out it was like the proverbial mill pond. Grassholm provided the usual spectacular wildlife spectacle with c.40000 pairs plus young. Interesting to see a few of the first Gannet youngsters on the sea looking bewildered.

Common Dolphins were encountered in pods of varying sizes - probably 120 plus and 6 Porpoises were seen between Skokholm and St Ann's Head on the way back in. One of the Dolphins had a large chunk out of it's Dorsal Fin.

Plenty of birds seen too - see Pembrokeshire Birds for details.

Click on the photo above to link to a gallery of some of the day's highlights. The Dolphins are at the end.