for tracking purposes only.
The birds of
Cheltenham Diver 10th
RSPB Criuse, Exe 9th
Slimbridge 26th & 27th
Garden Sparrowhawk 8th
Portishead & Chew 7th
Cheltenham & Highnam 1st
Wildlife in the Forest of Dean
September 24th -
We boarded the Brittany Ferry ‘Pont Aven’ in Portsmouth and set off to Santander, passing the famous ships ‘Victory’ and ‘Warrior’, and the Spinnaker Tower. After we had settled into our cabin, we went to a presentation given by ORCA with special guest Chris Packham about the Whales and Dolphins that we might see in the Bay of Biscay. We had an early night, as we wanted to be up quite early the next morning.
Journey to Santander 25th September 2013
It had been difficult to sleep with the movement of the ship, but we managed a few hours. Having travelled through the hours of darkness, we woke up early in the Bay of Biscay. The first Dolphins we came across were Short -
Cruise to Bay of Biscay 24th-
We got in to Santander at quarter past five in the evening. We had a drink in a little cafe by the quay and while we were having our drinks, we saw some moths hovering over flowers. I went to have a closer look and they were Hummingbird Hawk Moths.
We boarded the ferry again back to Plymouth at 20:15PM (British Time). The journey overnight was across the Bay of Biscay and we wondered what cetaceans we were passing.
Journey from Santander to Plymouth 26th September
The next morning we got up to see what we missed. We did miss some Sooty and Cory's Shearwaters flying past the ferry, but Mum spotted a couple of Sootys later. Great Skuas were regularly flying past. Another member of the Skua family was trailing at the end of a line of Gannets. This was an Arctic Skua which also breeds in Northern Scotland. There were lots of plumage variation of the Gannets, from the brownish juveniles to white wing adults. A marvellous highlight we saw was a Balearic Shearwater, which was a lifer for me. This wasn't the only Shearwater that was new for me. Great Shearwaters were also cruising past the Ferry. There were also a lot of Ocean Sunfish which seem to wave their fin as we pass. There were some more Short -
Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Warrior in Portsmouth Harbour
Brittany Ferry leaving Portsmouth
Northern Bottlenose Whale
Cuvier’s beaked Whale
Common Dolphin with Juvenile
Meeting Chris Packham
Brittany Ferry at Plymouth Quay
Chris Packham with the ORCA Team
The Final Score