Monday, 29 September 2014

All at sea

Hit the tourist trail a bit today and decided to go on a dolphin/whale watching trip this afternoon.  We decided to go on the longer 3hr trip in the hope of getting a seabird to two and maybe a migrating humpback whale that pass through the area.

In the end it turned out to be a nice trip but wasn't very productive.  As we passed out through the harbour there was a nice roost of American oystercatcher on the breakwater and a 1st summer male black scoter in the harbour mouth.
The first part of the trip was along the front of Cape May looking for bottle-nosed dolphins. This was very successful with several groups seen including at least one small youngster. We had decent views through bins but photography was tricky.

We then turned and steamed out into deeper waters up to 3 miles offshore in the hope of whales. Despite the boat using fish finding equipment to locate whales we couldn't find any this time. Bird interest was also limited with only 2 black scoter and 2 Arctic skua seen.

A quick walk around the block at the end of the day proved fruitful with solitary sandpiper added to the trip list (163)

Pic 1 the best I could do with the dolphins on my phone!
Pic 2-6 Cape May from the water

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