John Perry, Research Surveyor for MARINElife (Registered Charity No. 1110884)
Outward: Wind ESE force 2; Sea State 1; Visibility 4
Return: Wind S force 4; Sea State 2-3; Visibility 4
Summary of sightings:
Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 18
Gannet Morus bassanus 5
Shag Phalacrocorax aritotelis 19
Great Skua Stercorarius skua 2
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 22
Great Black-Backed Gull Larus marinus 8
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus graellsii 3
Mediterranean Gull Ichthyaetus melanocephalus 4
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 32
Common Gull Larus canus 2
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 16
Guillemot Uria aalge 73
Razorbill Alca torda 3
I was welcomed aboard the 'Clipper Point' by the crew and shown to my cabin where I had a very peaceful night.
After a hearty breakfast I joined Captain Steve Hamer and his officers on the Bridge at 0745, and almost immediately an adult Gannet glided past the ship's bow. Throughout the morning there were excellent views of gulls, Fulmar, Razorbill and Guillemot, and two Great Skua also made an appearance before we entered Dublin's beautiful harbour.
Whilst the ship reloaded, the morning's data was entered, and a stroll on the deck in pleasant sunshine was followed by a delicious lunch. The ship left Dublin on schedule and the return journey, although quieter in terms of sightings, was calm and comfortable.
As the light faded, I left the Bridge and entered the afternoon's data. A most welcome hot drink and rest followed and we arrived back at Heysham on time. I would like to thank Captain Hamer and his crew for a very pleasant and comfortable journey.
Great Skua (Pete Howlett)