Looking for the fishes

Cairn Head - the search for fish

3/7/15 Wildlife watching with a difference Crabs, Lobsters, Tub Gurnard, Pipefish, Dogfish, Dragonets, carpets of Brittlestars and many more species during a 36 minute drift dive along the coast

If the anglers ask whats the bottom like I can tell them – Diving with Newton Stewart Sub Aqua Club

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Fly by Shearwaters

More than 400 Manx Shearwaters were seen in a couple of hours from the boat at the Isle Of Whithorn a single Pomarine Skua and a Puffin also added to the day’s birdwatching

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Day out with the boat

29th May boat trip – Mackerel are starting to show in small shoals and we had a selection of fish caught and returned. Good views of a sleeping seal, bobbing about just off the shore gave an extra talking point for the two young boys who were experiencing their first fishing trip, they quickly took to the techniques and have a tale to tell when they are back at school. Gannets, Fulmar, Manx Shearwaters, Black Guillemots and a Great-crested Grebe were seen; Peregrines were heard calling on the cliffs in the bright sunlight, giving a wild atmosphere to the shoreline.

showing the full camouflage colours

Mackerel – now off the coast

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Weather forecast for the week

Windy days ahead, this weeks forecast West 21 mph to 26 mph 11°C followed by South 41 mph to 58 mph 11*C Looks as if the boat is staying on the moorings. Land based activities will be available including fishing off the shore, bird and badger watching and seal spotting.

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Whimbrels on the coast

16th May. Whimbrels part of a group of 9, on the beach at high tide, they were very flighty and took to the wing at 100m plus. Long distance shots of then passing along the coast – reference/record quality photos only but these are Whimbrels

The weather for the week looks a bit windy with SW F6 – F7s forecast  this so little chance of getting the boat out of the harbour.

9 birds seen along the coast at Luce Bay they have been there for a few days but are a little flighty

9 birds seen along the coast at Luce Bay they have been there for a few days but are a little flighty

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Photographic studies on the River Nith Dumfries

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A hour to spend a Whitesands Dumfries. What better to bird watch then at the Cauld with Grey Wagtail, Sand Martin, Sandpiper, Cormorant, Goosander and Lesser Black-backed Gulls seen. No Otters on the river today but a friendly fisherman advises looking under the footbridge at dawn.

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