Hellooo me hearties. Phew, what a wild run of weather we have all endured over this last week.. three named storms came roaring through, bringing with them all strong winds and torrential rain which meant very limited time offshore and maximum time this week happily, deep within the vastness of our beautiful, wildlife rich, stunningly diverse and incredibly well sheltered Fal Estuary. OSPREYS, which I absolutely love and adore, brought excitement and squeals of joy as we enjoyed multiple observations with multiple Ospreys, all happily up close and personal. Such a magnificent bird, several of the individuals joyfully capturing fish and then flying overhead with their wriggling, dripping captures clutched tightly in their needle like talons.. wow.. always so spectacular to observe and so fascinating to record as they proceed to turn their yummy prizes, head first in to the wind to counter balance the weight. We even had several viewings where Peregrine Falcons came in fast from high above to stoop in on the unsuspecting Ospreys, trying to push them on and out of their hunting territory. Truly spectacular to witness and observe with equally brilliant sightings of both Fallow Deer and Stags, Atlantic Grey Seals hunting and successfully capturing their fish, along with a good diversity of other species, multiple waders and the glorious scenery. Autumn colours are now starting to burst throughout the deciduous bank to bank woodlands.
It was as always, a real joy to head up, giving us all absolute excitement and intrigue around every corner as we explored the many branching creeks and vastness of our beloved and wonderfully sheltered Fal Estuary. There is no denying I am all a quiver with excitement as we have a lovely weeks weather coming in for the new week so it’s back offshore we will explore as these Autumn months can be so rich and diverse and with the recent stormy seas churning everything up. You never really know what you are going to sight next.
If anyone is interested in joining my dedicated wildlife cruises, they are happily still available daily throughout the week. Being a passionate naturalist first and foremost, as long as I have my minimum number of just two people booked on board, I’m always happy and very excited to be heading out, searching for the very best wildlife for you all to marvel at, photograph and enjoy. Looking forward to sharing lots more exciting wildlife adventures with you all.
+- 94 Common Dolphins, 4 interactions with maternal pods and hunting groups, 9 Harbour Porpoise from two interactions, biggest group 6, 10 Atlantic Grey Seals, including 3 up the estuary, 27 Fallow Deer, 4 stags and 23 hinds, beauties, 5 OSPREYS, several with captured fish in talons, males, females and several of this year’s immaculate plumage juveniles, 6 Peregrine Falcons, several birds stooping in over the Ospreys spectacular aerial bombardments, 14 Buzzards, 3 Sparrowhawks, 5 Kestrels, 6 Ravens, +- 96 Curlews, several large flocks +- 28 roosting Individuals, 7 Redshanks, 18 Greenshanks, +- 45 Oystercatchers, Dunlin +- 38, 3 Golden Plovers, +- 58 Canada Geese, 2 Jays, 5 Stock Doves, 9 Teals, 2 BONXIE GREAT SKUA, ARCTIC SKUA DARK PHASE, Gannets, Razorbills, Guillemots, Mediterranean Gulls, Sandwich Terns, Kittiwakes, 3 Fulmars