April 14th

April 15th, 2018

Hello everyone. With all the recent and incredibly magical Risso’s and Common Dolphins interactions, along with those phenomenal feeding observations still racing through my veins, it was with joyful excitement that we all headed offshore yesterday as there are never, ever two wildlife cruises the same. Although, the weather was somewhat against us all yesterday, with regrettably a south easterly building and a fast flooding tide with the two at opposing forces, making for a building and lumpy sea. However, we were still able to all enjoy another phenomenal day truly magical wildlife experience with an incredible threesome of all things, of majestic Peregrine Falcons, pair bonding. I say an incredible threesome as I have never witnessed this before as two Male Peregrine Falcons put on an incredibly powerful  aerial display high in the skies above us and joyfully, to add to that excitement, was the equally, incredibly excited female Peregrine who was high pitched vocalising to her suitors above. She was perched high up on the towering cliff face above us at what hopefully is her potential nesting area, whilst the boys displayed and showed off overhead plying for her attention with numerous aerial displays including continual vocalisation and some incredible high speed and dramatic stoops on several unsuspecting passing Fulmars who happily evaded actually being caught. Just to be there yesterday, in the right place at the right time, was truly such a privileged and such a wonderful visual and audible feast, on all our senses..

Now if that wasn’t exciting enough.. Chough, Chough, Chough.. was the next thing I called excitedly over the PA to all below. Again, I really do feel that we are all so incredibly privileged to have Choughs back in our Cornish skies and to have any Choughs back along this southerly section of Cornwall is truly phenomenal and so magical in every aspect and sense of those two words. Some of the views with the Chough we all shared yesterday were just spectacular, and to hear the chowww, chowwww, chowwwww calls were so evocative and so joyful to behold. These are iconic Cornish birds after all.

Sadly no Cetaceans were observed on yesterday’s fun filled and incredibly exciting dedicated wildlife cruise. However, our list of species recorded and some of the interactions we all so happily shared were all truly breathtaking and absolutely spectacular to observe. Although we absolutely adore locating and sharing any time with any Cetaceans, it’s always such a privilege to be able to share my knowledge and passion for all wildlife with you all.

With excitement, it’s not long now to BASKING SHARK time.. Phytoplankton is very apparent now, turning our normally blue seas into a heavy shade of pea soup green. If we can hopefully now see some increased sunshine to boost and lift the water temperature, followed by some calm and settled sea conditions, we will see Zooplankton follow and bloom to feast on this rich green soup. Then, if we are all really lucky, Basking Sharks will be seen.. exciting times ahead as they are always such a joy to share with you all. If you would like to find out more about my cruises which are available daily throughout the week, please feel free to email info@akwildlifecruises.co.uk or phone either 01326 316098 or 753389. Looking forward to sharing lots more exciting wildlife adventures with you all! A heart felt thanks goes out to you all for all your kind words,  “LIKES” and fabulous support.

15 Atlantic Grey Seals, from two different areas, mostly hauled out, with a new haul out located.. so exciting, 7 Peregrine Falcons, pair bonding and displaying, high count, 3 Buzzards, 2 Kestrels, 7 Ravens, chicks hatched and being fed, CHOUGH, 8 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS, majority now in full summer plumage, Common Scoter, single bird offshore, 4 ARCTIC TERNS, 1st sightings 2018, offshore feeding with Manx Shearwaters, 3 Sandwich Terns, Common Gull, 5 Mediterranean Gulls, 18 Fulmars, at nest sites and offshore, +- 125 Guillemots, at nest site and offshore, +- 56 Razorbills, at nest site and offshore, BONXIE Great Skua, Manx Shearwaters, lots offshore continually passing through, Gannets, PUFFIN, Curlews, Oystercatchers, 5 Egrets, 3 Herons, 3 Redshanks, Rock Pipits

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