25 April 2010

Port Eynon Seawatching

What a difference a bay makes. With Barry and Neil, next door at the Worm, I was holding the flag for Port Eynon. Not quite as busy, but good stuff around all the same. I had two sightings I will not forget in a hurry. First, this Grey Seal ( I think on size?) with a pretty big fish!!

The second, not caught on camera unfortunately, was a Great Skua flying very close to the head. At its closest it was no more than 30m away! I had luckily looked up from the scope briefly, only to notice a large dark bird almost overhead! It continued its path along the headland, with a Raven coming out to make sure it didn't think about stopping. A slow but steady passage during the better visibility. The highlights 14+ Sandwich Tern and 4 unidentified Sterna Terns headed west. Also 1 Red-throated Diver, 2 Common Scoter and 10 Whimbrel all going east. 4+ Harbour Porpoise rounding off a great day on the Gower.

5 Sandwich Terns taking a break on the buoy, south of the point.

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