Thursday 15 March 2012

North Cornwall coast

I went out on an eight hour pelagic from Trevose Head to St Agnes Head on Wednesday. Ten university graduates completing a Marine Studies degree were monitoring seabird populations and invited me along.  Sue Sayer from the Cornwall Seal Group was also monitoring Atlantic Grey Seals. Its also a rare view to see the Cornish coastline from a mile out so readily accepted the offer.  The highlights were a couple Peregrines, several Guillemots and Razorbills, Sandwich Tern, scores of Oystercatchers on territory, 60 Kittiwakes, a Common Scoter and several seals, mostly females.  Perhaps its a bit early but next month numbers should increase greatly.  Below are some shots of the day.

Female Atlantic Grey "perescoping"

"Medallion Man" just returned to Newquay harbour

The different shade is actually a moult of older skin.

An unusual view looking back towards Trevose Head

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