A quick update post as I have managed a few sea watches since my last blog post. With some success too which is nice :)
On Monday morning I spent 06:05 - 08:30 at the Spot On, joined by Phil for some of it. It was a bit gripping to hear multiple points in Dorset had recorded a couple of Pom Skuas, but in all honesty I was more than happy with my haul:
14 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 7 Manx Shearwater, 13 Common Scoter, 42 Kittiwake, 1 Great Skua, 3 Sanderling and 100+ auk sp.
All of that lot flew west, except the Kitiwakes that were passing east. The Great Northern Divers were fantastic to see, some really close (including two almost over the beach!) with others being complete dots (well dots with long necks and big feet!). The Great Skua powered through really quickly at 06:35, and reached Sidmouth 17 minutes later where Dan was watching.
|Two of the Great Northerns powering through|
|Flock of Scoter flying west|
|One with lunch!|
|Quite like the atmosphere of this shot, despite the fact the bird plays such a small part in the overall image|