Thursday, 1 July 2010

Moray Firth

I was back up on the Beatrice Oil Field last week and it yielded some super results after a fog hamperred start. Final totals ran in at 5 Minke whales, 12 Bottlenose Dolphins (2 pods - a 10 and a 2), 10 Common Dolphins around the boat as the survey finished giving point blank views, 1 Grey Seal and innumerable Porpoise. From the bird point of view there were more Arctic Skuas and Arctic Terns but otherwise as you were. Of interest were the Guillemot and Razorbill fledglings which had managed to paddle 15 miles or so from their colonies already. Infact we saw a bonxie making short work of two fledglings at once.

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