Steve McAusland and Joshua Byrne Research Surveyors for MARINElife (Registered Charity No. 1110884; Registered Company No. 5057367)
Weather: sea state 3, wind SW, rain and low visibility throughout the survey.
Summary of sightings:
Gannet Morus bassanus 57
Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria 21
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 9
Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis 4
Gull sp. 1
Arriving at the Port of Portsmouth ferry terminal I met up with Joshua my fellow MARINElife volunteer and we were soon boarding the Commodore Goodwill for our crossing to the Channel Isles.
Once onboard we were met by the Alan in hospitality and Captain Zelazny. We were quickly shown around the ship and to our cabins before a very enjoyable evening meal. As this was Joshua's first MARINElife survey we did a re-cap of his training, looking at the data sheets and protocol for the next day.
Manx Shearwater (Library photo: Steve McAusland)
On Wednesday morning we set up to do our survey on the starboard wing of the bridge, which gave us a fabulous view of our route from Jersey to Portsmouth. Alas as the rain continued, this view soon disappeared!
Sadly, this survey did not produce any unusual birds like skuas or Balearic Shearwaters. The only thing we saw a lot of was rain, it continued through-out the whole survey which made for less bird sightings than usual and sadly no cetaceans!
As the ship was getting nearer to the port of Portsmouth, we concluded the survey and thanked Captain Rad Zelazny and Second Mate Thomas Hinc and the crew for supporting MARINElife and for the hospitality.