I received the pair on the 15th May from Findlay Wilde (read post here), and this is what I have experienced covering Hebridean waters with the Binoculars so far...
On our recent Whalewatch Explorer cruises we have had some great encounters with common dolphins and on one particular trip (18th May) we had around 200 animals interacting around us and James the skipper deployed the hydrophone and the animals clicks and whistles were played through the on-board loudspeakers. It was a magical moment as experiencing the sounds of nature are just as impressive as viewing the spectacles.
|18th May 2014 - photo courtesy of Richard Darby|
|Breaching minke whale|
Knobble has been the most regular whale recorded on Sea Life Surveys cruises in recent years and was first sighed back in 2002! He/she has a very distinct triangular dorsal fin with a knobble on top and tends to be site faithful to one area of sea.
|Knobble the minke whale|
On the bird front we have enjoyed some good views of skuas on passage on a few trips with small numbers of arctic and pomarine skuas seen heading north. Manx shearwaters, kittiwakes and tern numbers are now in good numbers and some very healthy hurry's seen which are interconnected with minke whale sightings. The first European storm petrel was seen on the 2nd May and hopefully their numbers increase as the season progresses.
The coastal eagle eyries we cover are still active with both white-tailed and golden eagle seen frequenting Mull's coastlines.
|The Cairns of Coll...|