August 21st, 2019
We were spoilt with cetaceans during our extended 5 hour cruise yesterday as we made the most of the calm sea conditions by running far offshore to the east. We were joined by common dolphins almost as soon as we came out of the Carrick Roads and ended up recording around 100 individuals throughout the trip. Later in the afternoon we spotted a large work up of harbour porpoises and gannets all feeding in an area. The absolute star of the trip however was a beautiful grey phalarope! This is a small wader bird which breeds in the Arctic and spends almost all of its life out at sea. Other seabird sightings included great skuas, storm petrels and kittiwakes.
+-100 Common Dolphins, multiple interactions, +-34 Harbour Porpoises, large feeding group, 1 Atlantic Grey Seal, 1 GREY PHALAROPE, 3 Great Skuas, 2 Storm Petrels, Kittiwakes, lots of Manx Shearwaters, flying through offshore, probable Great Shearwater, Gannets, lots of large work ups offshore with numerous birds diving in, Lesser Black Backed Gulls, Mediterranean Gulls