Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Whales love the rain...it tickles them

M&S to sell Grouse meat in London. Read the letter of reply from a representative of the supermarket chain... 

Mark Averys blog post on the M&S decision clearing up the points on why it is such a controversial move...

The start of the badger cull...please sign the petition...people power always wins...anyone can get involved and make a difference...

First WTE chick fledged on the east coast in over a century! great news and well done to all involved. Work will only be done when they have colonised the whole country again.

Shooting star over the Ardmanurchan peninsula

Basker off the shore of Coll...

A mixed bag of weather in August and I was flat out with SLS trips throughout. The main bird records of interest were an Adult Med Gull off Calliach point on the 6th. A non breeding GN Diver on the 15th. Wader movement on the 23rd consisting of 25 plus Ringed Plovers, 10-15 Dunlin. Had a White Wagtail at Treshnish on the 17th. A solitary Sooty Shearwater off Glengorm on the 28th. 

Richie doing sunset seascapes at Glengorm...

Common Dolphin off west Coll...

The highlight of the month was the visit of Gary Storey who was crewing with SLS for the week. On the Sunday we had short trips with a jabbly sea state and a Minke whale at the entrance to Tob harbour was the surprise sighting of the day. 
On the Mondays whalewatch we had a Minke off Coll and some good Basking Shark sightings which really increased and came in shore as the month progressed. 
Tuesdays WW was one we won't forget as over 150 Common Dolphins interacted with us in 2-3 separate pods. Healthy sharks again along with storm petrels and arctic skuas in hunting mode. 

Gstoz and I in a sea cave at treshnish...

On the Wed it was an inland field session which consisted of Goldies and fledged juvenile in flight along with a fourth bird (a convocation of eagles!) Common Hawker, Common Blues and Small whites along Loch Ba. Twite, that White Wag and a lot of rain at Treshnish as we sheltered in a cave and shot some seascapes. 
Great to see Gary again as he had to leave early because of the 5 day return calmac tickets. A very close friend, always learn from the lad and will see him again in the aut/win. 

Garys capture on board - https://www.facebook.com/GaryStoreyPhotography

Myself surrounded by Baskers!

Top shot - Bottlenose dolphins finding air time in the sound of Mull. Photo
 captured by Ruth Molloy

Great shot by John back in Geltsdale...

Great video by Andy tait of Wrinkle the Minke whale who came into see us...what a blow!

Raise the Ruth...

We said goodbye to Ruth Abernethy on the isle after she crewed for another season with SLS. Her big smile and positive nature will be very much missed around the place. She is a very practical lass who is always keen to head out in the field. Look forward to seeing her again for the end of season get together and also for some geese and starling action down in the borders this winter. Also many happy returns for sunday winky hope you had a good day!