Friday, 17 April 2015

Strumble Diary More pic's from this week including mother and calf...

The tide race was pretty distant today but plenty of porpoises were showing 

It was difficult to get any decent shots...

We did mange to get this calf which popped up as mother dived!

above and below, mum!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Strumble Diary 15 4 15: Perfect spring afternoon, distant porps...

Another day of plentiful porpoises at Strumble although they were pretty distant and hard to snap even with our brilliant Cannon SX 50 HS bridge camera which has revolutionized our ability to gather record shots of our Strumble porpoises.We estimated at least twenty feeding in the tide race including a mother and small calf seen earlier in the slack water before the tide race revved up!

Monday, 13 April 2015

Strumble Diary 7 am 13/4/15.

A murky start today after high winds and some rain yesterday.I arrived as the porpoises were making their way west past the lighthouse on the last hour or so  of the ebb. They were feeding along with a couple of gannets at least half a dozen. These pic's are taken from the lookout approximately 6-7 hundred meters away so not brilliant but adequate proof of the year round  presence of our Strumble porp's!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Strumble Diary: An hour at Strumble this morning!

An hour at Strumble this morning
The sun was just coming up as I arrived and i disturbed a female Merlin sat on the rocks below. She was probably awaiting the arrival of some tired migrant pipit. I sat on the cliff edge below the lookout the tide was low and making so I had high hopes of snapping some Porpoises. They were there, plenty of them, but all a long way out.Usually the birds let us know where they are either the gull's or the gannets but nobody was playing the game making it hard to get a pic. These were the best I could do... A couple of seals had a bit of a standoff below, blowing bubbles at each other! Eventually I gave up hope on the porp's getting closer and I needed some breakfast before another day smiling at people in the Ocean Lab! As I climbed back up to the car a string of Common Scoter were heading west , choughs were calling somewhere in the distance , all in all a nice little session and thankfully no fog!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Strumble Diary: report from Stevo and Tony Lucas,

Stevo and Tony Lucas spent a couple of hours at Strumble yesterday watching a group of 20+ porpoises feeding in the tide race.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Strumble Head 25th March.

It took a while but eventually some Porpoises were seen feeding under the Gannets out in the Tide Race to the Northwest, probably four to five animals. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

March Stena Survey with three species recorded.

The outward leg yesterday was about as good as it gets with sea state 1 good visibility and 13 separate sightings.  Porpoises popped up from the start with several around  Strumble and one or two further out.
About halfway we saw a lot of gannets which put us onto a big pod of  circa 60 common dolphins  all a bit distant but nice to see.
Surprise of the day were a couple of Risso's dolphins just outside Rosslare Harbour which finished the trip off nicely.
Today was less good with stronger breeze and a choppy sea but we did manage to get another large Dolphin Pod, possibly the same ones feeding under lots of gannets and again pretty distant, at least a mile away  As usual we had a couple of Porpoise sightings on the way in past Strumble to finish us off nicely!
Thanks to all the officers and crew of the Stena Europe for looking after us and the shore staff for looking after the bookings. The breakfasts are really good, heartily recommended!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Strumble diary Saturday 14th March Splashy stuff!

 A really quick visit to Strumble  this morning with Erik and Cristina, A cold Easterly breeze had us huddled behind the lookout and a mistyness was reducing visibility.There were porp's about but the sea was a bit mixed up and getting shots of them was very hit and miss.

We looked for some bird activity to point out where they were feeding. In the summer its always Gannets that show us where they are but in the winter its usually gulls. On this occasion it was a Common Gull!

Not long after other gulls joined in, but with the poor visibility and the porpoises random surfacing  these shots were the best I could manage. Lets hope they are more obliging for our Four o Clock Porp Watch tomorrow, one of our Science Day Event, we are running in Partnership with the Bristish Science Association

Friday, 13 March 2015