MARINElife Blog: P&O Ferries (Pride of Bruges) Hull to Zeebrugge (16th- 18th July 2016)

Vincent Green and Elin Pheasant; Research Surveyors for MARINElife

Summary of Weather and Species Recorded
Sea state 1-3. South-westerly winds 12 - 18 knots.

Marine Mammals
Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus 1

Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus 6
Common Eider Somateria mollissima 10
Common Gull Larus canus 10
Common Scoter Melanitta nigra 17
Common Tern Sterna hirundo 16
Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 1
Gannet Morus bassanus 19
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus 15
Guillemot Uria aalge 4
Herring Gull Larus argentatus 184
Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 7
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 127
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 6
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis 4
Gull sp. 70
Tern sp. 9

Terrestrial birds
Carrion Crow Corvus corone 4

It was an evening start on a lovely sunny day. We were kindly invited on board by the crew and they settled us in for a lovely meal and some refreshments.

We spent a few hours on the bridge in the evening recording various sea birds and the following morning we were awake at 4.30am to carry on with our survey. The journey to Zeebrugge was interesting and we spotted a lot of Lesser Black-backed Gull and a number of Common Tern.

Sandwich Tern Rob Petley-Jones 01Sandwich Tern (Archive photo: Rob Petley-Jones)

In Bruges we tried some of the famous waffles, walked along the canals and saw a number of Treecreeper. On the way back in to Hull we had brilliant sightings of a Grey Seal which finished our great journey.

Grey Seal Ruth Griffith 03Grey seal (Archive photo: Ruth Griffith)

Many thanks to Captain Jonkman and all of the crew aboard the Pride of Bruges.

Sunset (Photo: Vincent Green)

Vincent Green and Elin Pheasant; Research Surveyors for MARINElife