Ah, seawatching, what will you do with it?
So, Tuesday. With the realisation of a very interesting-looking forecast, getting in from work did not stop me. Pausing only to tool up and make a wee flask, I was straight out and down to the Nose!
The weather was sideways dizzly rain and a stiff to near strong SSW, later getting almost SSE in gusts. Conditions were even better than I hoped, though events were somewhat tarnished by my flask deciding to fail. And when a vacuum flask goes, it's never pretty.. :( At least it wasn't inside my bag when it imploded.
Looking out from my pet spot;
A nice band of proper rain and squall conditions around 1625 led - before and especially after - to a big pulse of movement. Not that they stopped all the while I was there.
What was moving?
Oh, they were wonderful! Lots of lovely Manxies at a variety of ranges, including as close as 'Is it going to the slick?!?' [It wasn't but for a second I hoped]. Good variety of forms [yes, Manxies do vary, just like Dunlin and Chiffs and.. well, pretty much every species], and displays of flight actions, too.
I clicked 1358 south in the 2.5 hours I gave it [having a 4AM wakeup meant stopping short of dark, more's the pity]. Though other passage was light on numbers, it wasn't just Manxies, either. Passing interest included a mere 3 Common Scoter, a lovely but too fast Sooty, 3 Balearics, a Little Tern [picked up on call - normally that only goes for Sarnies*..!] and only a scattering of Gannets, Kittiwakes, and auks [which were mostly Guilles].
Closer to, the odd gull even posed for me, thanks to the SWBCM;
It wasn't just birds on display, as with a sudden roar, I got buzzed by this;
I suppose navigating coasts in bad vis is now SOP for Chinook pilots..
On a cheerier note;
Yeah, so while all that was good fun, I had no idea what was swanning by in the gunk [I sincerely hope]. The possibility that a Fea's Petrel might have gone by the Nose at the 2-300m range The Artist had it at [that'd be inside the Lead Stone!] and I missed it doesn't bear thinking about....
I'm telling myself that it moved past on a much shallower arc, following the deeper water not the shoreline, and so only came close to Berry Head, [also swinging back out to miss Start Point and The Boss].
Oh well, what can you do? You see it or you don't. I got the last one I had a chance at, so I'm in no position to complain [just bang my head against solid objects whenever I'm BONK reminded of it].
And there's always the next front.
And that EXPLETIVEDELETED albatross.....
Be Seeing You..
[[*So that day at Pagham had some benefit, then.. ;) ]]