Donna Bridgwood; MARINElife Wildlife Officer (WLO)
Weather: North to Northeast 4, Occasionally 5, backing Northly by evening
Good visibility and Sea state Slight to moderate
Summary of Sightings
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black Backed Gull
Adult and juvenile Gannets
Myself and Terry (also a WLO) travelled to Poole the evening before and stayed with Glynis Northwood-Long, who was also coming along as a WLO on our trip to Guernsey.
We arrived at the port and boarded the Liberation.
We went and introduced ourselves to the cabin manager and handed over the passenger announcement, collected leaflets and tabards. Once we had found our seats we had plenty of time to grab some breakfast and a cuppa. We made our way up to the viewing deck as the ship turned to make its way out of the Harbour.
As the passenger announcement was made, we were approached by a lovely lady who had booked on the MARINElife trip, and introductions were made.
Coming out of the harbour the sun was shining and it was a very warm and pleasant day, we passed Brownsea Island, and saw Shag and juvenile Gull species, as we passed Studland beach, there were 4 Oystercatcher just taking off from the beach. There were also several Swallow flying above us.
Ortac Rock (Donna Bridgwood)
The rest of the Journey was very quiet seeing the odd Herring Gull, Lesser and Greater Black-backed Gull and a few more Swallow, as we neared Ortac Rock, we then started to spot a large number of adult and juvenile Gannet. We pointed these out to other passengers who were on the viewing deck with us.
Just as we were entering St Peters Port I spotted a Tern flying above us.
When Terry and I travel to Guernsey together, we always try and explore a little of the island, this time Terry had booked us into a lovely Hotel/Restaurant called Bella Luce for lunch and a tour of the Gin Distillery, which made for a lovely afternoon before we made our way back to the Port for our homeward Journey.
Once on board the Liberation, our MARINElife passenger met up with us again, and told us about her afternoon on the Island. The Journey back to Poole was quiet, again seeing plenty of Gannet at Ortac Rock, with the exception of a lone Manx Shearwater, gliding just above the water. As we neared Poole, we had a beautiful sunset greet us, a perfect end to a lovely day.
Once we had docked in Poole we said our goodbyes to our MARINElife passenger, who thanked us all for a lovely and informative day.
Thanks to Condor Ferries and the crew of the Condor Liberation for the support and assistance.
Sunset (Donna Bridgwood)
Donna Bridgwood; MARINElife Wildlife Officer