With strong easterly winds continuing over the weekend and creating a big sea offshore, we spent most of our trips exploring the wonderful Fal Estuary where a whole diversity of bird life could be seen. Before heading up the river we searched the entrance of the Carrick Roads where we spotted several hunting gannets and a great northern diver, as well as a couple of seals playing in the swell around the rocks.
Very excitingly, we recorded a common seal right up the estuary yesterday, near Tregothan. If, as we believe, this is the same individual that we have encountered recently, it was last spotted over 10 miles away, right round the other side of the Roseland Peninsula. We were given some lovely close-up views of this common seal as it surfaced a few times and then came up with a herring in its mouth. On this occasion it was hunting on its own, away from any of its grey seal cousins.
Sea temperatures still remain high despite the recent cold weather and the sea is slowly turning a rich green with high phytoplankton densities, and sandwich terns and Mediterranean gulls are being sighted more frequently as well as primroses on the coastal cliffs … all signs that spring is here! If you are interested in joining us for a trip during the Easter holidays, please give us a ring on either 01326 316098 or 753389. More details can be found on our website http://akwildlifecruises.co.uk.
1 Common Seal, feeding on a Herring up the Estuary, 4 Atlantic Grey Seals, 10 Sandwich Terns, Gannets, diving in the Carrick Roads, Guillemots, Great Northern Diver, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 4 Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk, female, 6 Shelducks, 1 Whimbrel, 14 Oystercatchers, 5 Little Egrets, 6 Herons, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Ravens, Shags, Cormorants