It’s all go, go, go, with the second to last day of this year’s NWDW 2017 upon us… It was eyes peeled to make sure we could record as many Cetaceans as possible for this important national event! So as always, my eagle-like eyes were scanning from Free Spirit’s bow, to the horizon and back again, sweeping over as much sea as possible, to catch that faint glimpse, of a splash, or black, or best of all, a big flock of birds circling and diving in! As no matter what, even on the perfect day with flat, calm, mill pond-like seas, it’s always, always like trying to find a needle in a haystack! However, by continually scanning and sweeping, with practice, you will and do find needles in haystacks! Today it was joy of joys, as way off, off on the very, very distant horizon, my trusty hawk eyes and fabulous Swarovski’s didn’t let me down! As I picked up some tiny, tiny wheeling DOTS, that was all I needed to be calling down to all below over the PA with excitement, whoooopeeee everyone, way on the distant horizon I have a “work up”, so let’s throttle up and close the gap! Splash, splash, whoooosh….Dolphins!!! Many, many Dolphins leaping, rushing and feeding under a cloud of snow white Gannets, and quite a few of this year’s brown, fledged babies! This fabulous feast for all our eyes turned into a multiple, fast feeding pod of various maternal groups of Common Dolphins, with a very high percentage of tiny newborns and juveniles! Squeals of joyful euphoria and amazement was erupting from all below! During this incredible sequence of events, we witnessed some incredible and magical, pure wildlife moments and spectacles, not only all the mothers with their babies, but mating and copulating couples, something that is rare and very special to witness… For the birders amongst you, Sooty, Balearic and Manx Shearwaters were also continually zipping and gliding through, along with good numbers of tiny flitting Storm Petrels, happily rounding off this truly magical wildlife adventure for us all!
+ – 60 Common Dolphins, in multiple maternal feeding pods, three in total, 1 Harbour Porpoise, 4 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 6 BALEARIC SHEARWATERS, Lots of Manx Shearwaters offshore continually passing through and feeding, 7 STORM PETRELS, Lots of Gannets offshore continually passing through, 19 Kittiwakes, 14 Mediterranean Gulls, Adult Peregrine Falcon, Buzzard, Purple Sandpipers, Atlantic Grey Seal, Compass Jellyfish.
A fun-filled, FIN-tastic day was had by all!!