Friday, 21 June 2013

White beaked Dolphins put on a show

The sea and sky were dark grey early morning making it difficult to pick out what should be the horizon
At 05.00 i noticed some distant splashes through my bins and when i looked through the scope i got my first view of White beaked Dolphins for the year
They were very active with 10 plus breaching fully out of the water a fantastic site. Never mind Rihanna and North East Live this is where the entertainment is
It was difficult to confirm the exact number of Dolphins but i estimate between 10 and 20, i could only see them when they breached. I got further views at 05.25 and 05.45. my video camera couldn't focus on them with all the grey but hopefully they are back for a while and better closer opportunities will come as in previous years. To complete the cetacean experience i saw 2 porpoise as well

I missed a few birds passing with all the Dolphin action but still had a decent early watch

Friday 21st June S1-2 04.40-07.00 full cloud cover flat calm sea some rain and drizzle

Cormorant 4n 17s
Gannet 29n 123s
Sandwich Tern 4n 119s
Manxie 3n 29s
05.00 White beaked Dolphins breaching distantly 10 to 20 animals
Puffin 11n 26s
Porpoise 2
Curlew 1s
Common Tern 1s
05.25 10 plus Dolphins breaching
Gannet 29n 231s
Arctic Skua 3s
05.45 3-4 dolphins breaching
Arctic Tern 1n 2s
Whimbrel 2s
Common Scoter 2n
Mallard 2n

Cant wait for my next adventure tomorrow morning