Scilly 2015

I went on the seabird and dolphin trip this morning. The first birds seen were 2 Great Northern Divers and a Spoonbill. We then went to Gimble Porth on Tresco where we has distant views of the Hudsonian Whimbrel found there yesterday. We saw Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Peregrine and Kestrel as we made our way out to Sea. ¬†Other interesting sightings were the Life boat and rescue helicopters on a mission looking for a boat that had sent a “mayday” message. There was a brief sighting of a Minke Whale and some Harbour Porpoise.We were lucky to finish the 3 hour trip with possibly 100’s of Common Dolphin which were great to see as they were all around the boat. In the afternoon I went up to Content to see if I could get any better pictures of the Siberian Stonechat and on the way managed a few photos of a Firecrest.

Great Northern Divers

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Hudsonian Whimbrel

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Common Dolphin

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Firecrest

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Siberian Stonechat

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Lifeboat

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Pelagic 14/10/2014

I went on a pelagic trip today aboard Sapphire. We went about 5 or 6 miles South of St Mary’s. It was quite slow going most of the day as it was quite calm with very little wind. We did have a few sightings of Storm Petrels whilst drifting here. Lines were put out to try and catch some Blue Shark but were unsuccessful. Later we went to the Poll Bank where there was a fleeting sighting of a Minke Whale and some Common Dolphin. We then headed back to St Mary’s via the Western Rocks. We also saw one Manx Shearwater, one Arctic Skua, one Bonxie, a couple of Squid and a Snipe that tried to land on the boat.

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common dolphins

bishop rock lighthouse

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