Monday, 2 May 2016

Mayday-ish Porpwatch (May 2nd)

Not often you are wrong Ken but today was/is the 2nd not the first! We called off yesterdays porp watch due to really yucky weather and it looked just as yucky this morning until about midday. That was a bit of a drag as we had been advertised in the local paper and also hammered social media saying it would take place on the 1st. After a really damp night/morning and switching the day of the porp watch I wasn't sure anyone would actually turn up. Thankfully, almost by magic by the start of the Porp-watch  the sun was shining and a few of our old mates came along to see some porpoises. And as Ken said they turned up as well.

When I say old mates one old mate brought some new young mates there s hope for the future with new recruits like these! Going back to Kens pic's I suspect that the seal eating the Sea Lamprey is probably a one off ! nice one again Ken!

Great Start to May 01/05/16

Well the postponed porpoise watch from yesterday lived up to expectation. I went out early to get the early contacts but it wasn't untill the Porpmeister arrived that they started to show. So it was then that with a stiff westerly wind and an increasing swell that the sightings started to increase also. It was lovely to see quite a few people attending including some new faces we'd not seen before. Welcome to you all. The porps were hunting in small groups and were really moving through the race. For me there was two notable points that being at the beginning and end of my session.
    Prior to people arriving I was able to catch a bull seal feeding on a Sea Lamprey (see images below) with him bringing it close in to the rocks to devour. It's little things like this that make Strumble so special for me. The second was the last two shots of the day. It wasn't until I got the images onto the computer that I realised I'd captured another and different damaged animal. At first I thought what I was seeing was a splash of water in front of the fin but looking at the previous image I could clearly see it was a rather nasty split in the dorsal fin.

Thanks everyone for attending and keep watching the blog for what's coming in the months ahead. I'm sure Cliff will have his input on proceedings so I'll stop typing and get the images done.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Strumble diary last day of April, Failed to get pics'

I arrived at Strumble around 2 pm it was pretty choppy and a single Gannet was quartering the area of the tidal race. It really seemed to be looking but it was a bit distant and it took a bit of time before I caught a glimpse of a porpoise in the vague area of where the Gannet was foraging.
After a while the porpoises began to show but sporadic and random. Several spread over an area but in the choppy water created by the  stiff Northwesterly i just could not get a pic' Sorry Ken!

Porp Watch changed to Monday!

Hi Everyone Weather forecast for  Sea Trust Sunday Porpoise watch awful so will try to do it on Monday same time 2.30 - 4pm same place Strumble Head Lookout

Friday, 29 April 2016

Kens gone AWOL.. but Porp's still here

With May just around the corner you might expect things to be a little bit warmer. It was pretty chilly this morning at Strumble and the porp's were not showing very well with only one brief sighting.
A second session with Adrian Roger after work produced only a handful of sightings. Only one porp snap in the bag, thankfully the seal and Zorro hang around a bit longer! lets hope Ken gets back soon!

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Strumble Diary 28/04/16 AM

A slight change in wind direction today mixed things up a bit this morning but also brought heavy overcast conditions. It didn't bother the porps though and what looked like being a dull session turned out to be not too bad. There were several animals feeding quite vigorously in the race which due to the conditions was closer in than of late. I met an old mate of Cliff's there, a lovely guy named Mick from Tenby. He sends his regards Cliff. We chatted for quite a while and if you read this Mick, thanks for the company and I hope the rest of your day on the coast went well. All in all with some reasonable shots in the bag I was quite happy.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

What Ken Saw Today. 27/4/16

Two sessions today with the first being from 09:15 on the rising tide until high water at 11:30. I was there but unfortunitely the porps weren't. A very quiet morning but the sea was like a washing machine. I did get sight of a Great Skua though but by the time I got the lens in action it had turned and was flying away from me (see below). The afternoon was a different story (14:30-16:15) with a few porps showing but mostly at a long distance. One or two did come closer in to the ebbing tide race but due to the sloppy nature of the waves were very hard to track. One or two images captured so not a wasted trip.

On my flickr site I've recently posted fifty or so wildlife shots including Strumble seals and some dolphin shots taken last year along with assorted bird images. If you'd like to take a look just click here:

Thanks folks.

Come and see what Ken sees!

For the past four months Ken or other members of Team Sea Trust have been out on a daily basis recording and Photographing our porp's... Learn about how we do all this stuff on our super new course!

Strumble diary 26/04/16

Another bright but windy day today with very turbulent and confused water off the lookout. Very hard to spot and track the porps but I managed to get a few shots in the bag. The water close in was very colourd with silt so the porps were mostly on the outer fringe of this where it joined the cleaner water.

Sometimes this is all you get to see to make you aware that they are there and this is a 50% enlargement.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Lean Times

A very lean session today. With only a few porps around and the very turbulent swells in the race it was nigh on impossible to track them. There was a strong Northerly coupled with a very strong ebb flow off the island and I think most of them were stayng well down tide. They were there though and that's what counts towards the data collected.