August 2018

Elm Arch, St Mary's.

Elm Arch

Gig racing.

gig racing

We spent 29th on Tresco, visiting the Abbey Gardens, Pentle Bay and Appletree Bay. Introduced golden pheasants and red squirrels in the gardens.

Tresco Abbey Gardens

red squirrel

golden pheasant

golden pheasant

30th. St Martin's followed by the first pelagic of the holiday.

Between St martins and St Mary's

On the pelagic 3 grey herons flew over the Sapphire quite a way from land. Sooty shearwaters started to appear (we saw about 30 in total), and one flew into a shark fishing line and was released unharmed. We also saw about 5 storm petrels, a great shearwater, an ocean sunfish. distant Critically Endangered Atlantic bluefish tuna, and lots of common dolphins - maybe 100 in total. One pod swam right under the boat. A fisherman caught a porbeagle shark, which was tagged and released.

fulmar

gannet

gannet

pelagic dolphins

common dolphins

common dolphins

 

sooty shearwater

sooty shearwater

sooty shearwater

Bishop's Rock

Bishop's Rock

pelagic

Our summer holiday was on the Isles of Scilly, with our children dropping in from time to time. We travelled to Penzance on 27th, and saw Mediterranean gull, sanderlings, turnstones and ringed plover on Longrock beach. We had a calm crossing on the Scillonian on 28th, and saw a confiding eider in Penzance harbour. During the crossing I saw a sooty shearwater, 2 storm petrels and about 5 common dolphins greeted us close to St Mary's.

eider

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