Tag: Sea Trout

The pot of (White-beaked) gold at the end of the rainbow; NEWT’s North Sea Pelagic 01/08/2014

by on Aug.07, 2014, under North Sea, Northumberland

Our penultimate evening pelagic had near perfect conditions, calm seas, good visibility – and recent sightings of White-beaked Dolphins in our regular search area…

Puffins, Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Gannets and Fulmars were expected, but we had a real surprise in the shape of three Harbour Porpoises.  In proper porpoise style they didn’t approach the boat, but they didn’t beat a hasty retreat either so everyone managed to see them.   We began making our way back south, closer to the shore, but there was still no sign of any dolphins.  An interesting sunset over St Mary’s generated a rainbow over the mouth of the Tyne and a remarkable ethereal atmosphere with the quite flat water.

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Then, as we approached the mouth of the river, Allan spotted something splashing between the piers.  Might be Harbour Porpoise?  Might be Sea Trout or Salmon?  No, neither of those, as two White-beaked Dolphins breached at the entrance to the Tyne and then swam across in front of us and back again before heading offshore, as daylight faded to black 🙂

 

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Now you see them, now you don’t; mini-safari 22/03/2014

by on Mar.25, 2014, under Birdwatching, Druridge Bay, Northumberland, Northumberland Coast, Southeast Northumberland

To many people, the natural world around them is a bit of a mystery.  I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been in a hide, people have come in, gazed quizzically out of the shutters, very quietly said “there’s nothing here” and left…oblivious to all of the wildlife that was actually there 🙂  Sometimes though, there’s a lot of wildlife that even we haven’t noticed…

I arrived at Church Point and collected Jillian and Clive & Lucie and Anna, and we set off on an exploration of the Northumberland Coast from Druridge Bay to Alnmouth.  A stiff breeze was ruffling the water’s surface as Cormorants roosted, with that look of prehistoric menace that they do so well, Little Grebes dived and Wigeon grazed.  Curlew flew by and, as several noisy pairs of Canada Geese and Greylag Geese honked in alarm at an unseen danger, I was wondering where the bigger goose flocks were.  We hadn’t heard them, there hadn’t been any distant skeins breaking the skyline, nothing in fact to suggest there were any other geese around.  Then, we had help from the heavens above…as the RAF Sea King helicopter flew over from the south.  Suddenly, the sky was filled with nearly one thousand agitated, yapping, Pink-footed Geese.  They’d presumably been feeding just out of view behind a hedge, quietly getting on with the serious business of feeding up ready for the journey back north that they’ll soon be undertaking.  As the helicopter disappeared to the north the geese settled back down, and again they were very unobtrusive.

Our dusk destination was a little stretch of river that we’ve visited regularly in recent weeks.  Moorhens were patrolling the reed edges, a Grey Heron flew across the river and perched in a tree, before  flying westwards towards the sunset behind another heron, Sea Trout were swirling, leaping, and sipping hapless insects from the surface and the only thing missing from the idyllic setting was our favourite predator…

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