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 Post subject: Little Orme
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 3:10 pm 
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Highlight of a session on the Little Orme this afternoon were a small group of harbour porpoises swimming directly under the cliffs to the right of Angel Bay. They were present for well over and hour and at least three adults present, one with a calf. Seawatching was fairly quiet despite the westerlies with just a handful of manxies, sandwich and common terns and gannets plus kittiwakes, fulmar and one common scoter. Henerz, Dave and Kingfisher still there when I left hoping for better things.

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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:05 pm 
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I gave up soon after yourself BCR.
Just heard from Chris Jones who reports an adult LONG-TAILED SKUA past the Little Orme with an Arctic Skua lingering offshore, otherwise, very quiet still!


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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
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Chris and i saw the Long-tailed Skua at about 5:00pm,just before that Chris had an Artic Skua chasing a Kittewake which then landed on the sea, at which point i put my scope back up after packing it away.I then got a skua in the scope flying low to the waves and going west fairly quickly and this bird was flying with more of a bounce like a tern and had almost dark underwings.I missed the Artic Skua but had 15 Gannet,6 Manx Shearwater,Kittiwake,Fulmar,Sandwich and Common Tern while i was there.

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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:26 pm 
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They kept me amused whilst those with 60x vision could actually see birds !


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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:38 pm 
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Wow, love these photos. Good photography.

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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
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Excellent series of shots Dave. You did great considering the photographic challenge the porpoise posed, disappearing so quickly back under the water and coming up in a different place each time.


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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:01 pm 
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Great photo's Dave

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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
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Cracking shots Dave....and a nice find Chris with the LTS.

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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
PostPosted: Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:44 pm 
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Great pics Dave. I love those eyes looking at you.
Thanks for the call Chris. The Long tailed Skua (or another bird) was off the headland again beween 5.25 and 5.30pm.

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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
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Beautiful shots of the porpoises, Have you sent your sighting to the seawatch foundation as you have great photos and it will help them with there research into marine mammal movements.
www.seawatchfoundation.org.uk/sightings.php?uid=29


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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
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A few seabirds through this morning in generally a very quiet first few hours. Winter plumaged Black Tern and Arctic Skua reported by Henerz (just after I had given up) and the first Red throated Diver of the autumn. A steady passage of Sandwich terns too. More here- www.greatormebirds.blogspot.com

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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
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love the fish shots

where's the skua ones? :-) :lol:

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29/08/2010 - 6.30am-4.30pm - Force 6 North Westerly gusting force 7 and swinging more North during the day. A bit slow much of the time today but what it lacked in quantity it had in quality and a great showing from the local hoping birders. After several drenchings during the morning the sun came out and it was a great afternoon. Sightings included:

1 Grey Phalarope (picked up by Marc in the afternoon)
1 Black Tern (adult winter through in the morning between rain showers)
1 Black Guillemot
6 Great Skuas
6 Arctic Skuas (3 d.p., 3 p.p. birds)
2 Red-throated Divers (early returning sum.plums.)
3 Great Crested Grebes
4 Teals
25 Common Scoters
1 Arctic Tern
24 Common Terns
c700 Sandwich Terns
c150 Manx Shearwaters
c1000 Kittiwakes
1 Redshank
1 Curlew
6 Oycs
2 small wader sp


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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:42 pm 
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Firstly, it was great to see so many forum members up there this afternoon - at least seven, magnificent!

OK, so it's blowing a gale and the birds are miles away. This is not exactly my comfort zone. To make it worse, the wind was wobbling both me and scope around :? . Answer: get the camera out and use that - complete with image stabilization - much better!

I can only say that if I had been using film I wouldn't have bothered but since I was looking through the camera anyway.... :D

(I did tell the guys that I'd put up a photo of Marc's Phalarope. Sorry, but it just wasn't worth publishing - but you tell that it was a bird!. Honestly)

Gannets passed every few minutes.
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but Bonxies were the order of the day with this one coming (comparitively) close.
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This one was with two others and looked very pale by comparison. The photo bears this out.
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I must confess to really enjoying seawatching. The cameraderie and banter makes it great fun. A bit of sun helps too.

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 Post subject: Re: Little Orme
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Agree, a good seawatch due to the company. Hats off to Henerz who camped on the headland for a full 10 hours - totally hardcore birding in my opinion!
Just another each of Bonxie and Arctic Skua after you left Henerz and a further 7 Manx Shearwaters.

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