Prawle on Sunday was a bit of a settle. 'Should have gone to 'Gwarra' was going to be this post title in my head for a lot of the morning.. It was sunny on The Patch, it was sunny a lot of the way down, I ran into the Tones Show and their wonderful appropriation of roads on the way - which really improved my mood - and then.. Ah, it HAS been raining, somewhere. Big puddles. The South Hams lanes are notable for some truly impressive holes, so all puddle should be treated wi-BANG, yeah, care.
Ok, blathering aside, the wind was blowing and while the sun was shining a bit, there was cloud and definitely a few showers out there. Hey, at worst I'm looking at the sea for the day and relaxing, right?
Looking at Manxies and Gannets at first. The birds came in pulses, with a background trickle of the M and G; an effect of the showers, I reckon. In between it could be a little yachty, though there was the ever-present promise of cetaceans! An early pod of Common Dolphins - at least 3 - went East, and later something big breached way out to the SE - maybe S of Start? - I got only a bulky black body hitting the water with a huge splash, no big pale flippers or body markings, so ???? I kept eyes on the area, but nothing else. Ho hum...
Only one interesting bird in the first hour and a half. Then the Balearics started. Stuttering at first, one, then two more, but they didn't stop. Eventually it got a bit silly, with up to eight in view at once.. Yes, that 77 from the trailer.. Balearic Shearwaters. Not bad. :)
I know it's not the massive total like The Boss had had on Friday, but considering the weather?
To get even better, the Storm Petrels started up. Some very good views - the benefit of a little height - though not as close as at the Nose, and mostly just passing. A different angle than I'm used to meant more careful study required [always check that it is a EUSP! ;) ] but you could actually track them for a ways - which was nice.
Some very nice European Storm Petrels, including three at once at one point, with a total of ten seen.
Speaking of numbers.. I suppose I should stick a few in, right?
1675/33 Manx, 796/46 Gannet, 91/8 Kittiwake, 18 Fulmar, 13 C Scoter, 4 Razorbill, 2 Sarnie, lone Common and Arctic Terns.
How were all these birds coming by? Well, observe the weather;
Look at the edge of the rain, there..
Wandering back to birds, I did get one interesting one in frame, which was the best Booby-a-like I've seen for, well ever.
All in all, it was a great watch. Even if some of the best squally showers missed inland [where they're no use to anyone]. They did make for nicely atmospheric shots, though,
There were also - in the gaps between pulses - some scenic yachts. Here's the poseyest;
And because you've got to have some manky gulls;
The usuals about on land - with many juvenile Linnet about in particular, though juvie Cirls seen too :D - this also including coobeasties on the coast path [watch where you walk, folks!].
I was at the Nose yesterday [Wednesday] and there will be a post regarding this soon. I hope. Suffice to say there were some pretty good birds in my limited time [Ah, the Joy of having to work for a living], such as no less than 18 EUSPs - all nice and close - as well as a lot of weather.
Be Seeing You..