Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Scilly Pelagic

A full on pelagic aboard a jam packed Sapphire, needed just two things - firstly some wind! And then of course some birds...

The lack of wind seriously dented our chances as there was little chance of the chum slick tempting in birds from afar. But we did have a couple of Mediterranean Gulls (1w and adult), Bonxie, Kittiwake, Razorbill, Guillemot and Arctic Tern.

My quest for a pom looked on with a distant likely looking skua on the water - it got up and started mugging the gulls and sadly when we got closer, it was of course an Arctic Skua!


There were 5 Storm Petrels, which never came quite close enough and neither did this single Manx Shearwater....


But you can always depend upon Gannets to keep the shutter from seizing up!






And of course I think every single person on the boat took this iconic scene :-)


Come on you poms if we get out again??

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