Monday, 9 October 2017

Pupping season begins

Today we not only saw the 1st seal pup on the rocks but we also spotted a 2nd one.

Finally the seal season is underway and lets hope it's another good one like last year.
A few weeks ago my brother spotted one on the Longstone Island but unfortunately it had pasted away, which was such a crying shame as it looked big too and the weather had not been bad at all but I suppose that's nature for you. 

Anyway the ones we saw today looked in better health and one was even feeding from its mother and the other looked a good bit bigger so it must be a good few days old.

Exciting times are now ahead of us and I love seeing the pups as they are really cute so lets hope they all go up and live long and healthy lives.

It will not be long before they are playing with the divers and showing off to our guests on board Serenity.

We also have been spotting a good few tags this year but once again they are not the best and the numbers rub off which is really annoying. Never mind we still have got a few. Andy my crewman spotted this one today which was a great spot too.

A few of last years pups were enjoying the little bit of sunshine too. These little fella's are about 10/11 months old now and enjoying life to its fullest. 

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Little and Large

Over the years I have seen the Great Skua beating up seabirds for their food and I have heard stories about the picking on other seabirds no matter what size, but I have never witnessed it myself until the other day when I spotted a Great Skua on the water then all of a sudden it launched itself into the air and started to attack a Gannet.

The size of a gannet to a skua is a bit like little and large but this great skua was just thinking about its next meal and the size of the gannet never seemed to bother it a all.
I have said in a few posts before how I admire the skuas for their cheek but to take on a gannet I have to take me hat off it this wonderful bird.
It was a bit like watching Frank Bruno and Mike Tyson in the heavy weight title fight and we just knew Tyson would win but this time the tables had turned and the Gannet put up a great fight and deafened his corner. With skill and determination the gannet was not to give up his food for no seabird, no matter how strong they were and this time the gannet won and the skua was shattered and have to give up.

After watching the action for a while we were heading into choppy water, so I turned the boat and steamed back into calm waters and by then the gannet was gone and the skua was just getting its breath back. As we reached calmer waters I had a little smile on my face and could not wait to see the pictures of the fight.

I hope my pictures show you what I mean, so enjoy.

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Sunset Cruise 2017

We have now finally had our last sunset cruise for the season and boy was it a beauty. We had finished a week ago but the weather was not the best so when we saw the forecast for Tuesday we decided to give it another go and hopefully we will finish with a bang.
This season has been very mixed weather wise but the sunset cruises have sometimes been the best part of the day and this is one of the reason why its a special trip for me.
This season has been a little bit better as I have had a new crew member joining me twice a week for the sunset cruises and a few other trips of course and he is new to everything from boats to the seabirds. Teaching him has been a pleasure and he is very willing to learn too which is great and makes my job even more of an enjoyment. 
Our guests keep on asking where is he from as they don't want to their size nine's right in it. Yep he is an Ozzy and not from New Zealand and that's why most people ask first.
I keep on taking the piss and say that he got on the wrong boat but I think the best one he has had this year so far was a man asking him, how long have you been practicing the Ozzy accent. He just replied 27 years mate... To this day I think the man still thinks he was taking the piss out of him.

So with a new crewman on board the sunsets have been really kind to us and he has been blown away with some cracking ones this season and yes our last one was a mega one too.

We could not have finished on a higher note than we did. We had some lovely guests on board with first timers to the farnes and some locals too. Its really nice to see locals on board and I think more locals should come on board just to see whats its like. I would like to thank everyone who has joined us this year on the sunsets and a bigger thank you to all the people who have recommended their guests, friends or family to join us too.
I would also like to thank my Facebook and Twitter friends who keep on sharing my sunset pictures as if it where not for you people might not know we do it, so thank you.

Okay I have talked enough now so i will finish of with some of my favorite pictures from the season and please let me know which one you like the best. Mine are number 6 and 21.


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Monday, 14 August 2017

Booze Cruise

We did a booze cruise for the locals a few weeks ago and it was a lovely evening for it too. We went up to Holy Island and we were there for two hours and then returned to Seahouses.
After the day we had it was the perfect ending to the day.

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

A whale of a time

During our Inner Farne landing trip at lunchtime we were on our way to land when out the corner of his eye Andy saw a Minkie Whale.
I quickly stopped the boat and ran onto the deck but it was gone. Typical, and by then all the guests were getting excited too. Not saying that I was not excited as I was. We lay there looking around waiting for it to surface, then all of a sudden it was behind us. I turned the boat and headed in the direction it was going and again it disappeared. This time we waited and waited but nothing and we were just about to give up when it broke the surface.
You little (big) beauty and most of our guests got a chance to see it. Again it surfaced and all you could hear was the wow's and ooo's and everyone saw it this time.
A guest asked me if I was enjoying it and I told them I was like a young child in a sweet shop. It has been a while sine I have seem one. (Well that's my excuse anyway)

After a few times surfacing it was going to far away so we watched it swim away in the distance and as I turned to see our guests they were all beaming with very large smiles. It great to see something so beautiful in our waters and our guests were thrilled too.

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That's it for another season

Where has this breeding season gone.

It seems to only a few weeks ago since we were getting the boats ready for the start of the season and now the end is in sight.
I know we still have a few months to go and all the seal pups will be arriving but I just can't get over how quickly it has gone.
Some of the Scottish kids are going back to school soon and it does not seem like two minutes ago since they first bloke up. I keep in thinking to myself, its an age thing but when I talk to other people younger than me, they say the same thing.

It scary seeing the first puffins arrive and now we are praying we see at least one now. Fingers crossed the dolphins stay around the area as they have been amazing this season. It has to be the best season for them so far and fingers crossed we have more to come.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

The end is near

We are nearly at the end of the breeding season and to be honest I just don't know where it has gone to. The season has been a bit mixed but overall I think its not been bad at all but when the rangers finish crunching numbers we will know for sure.
Judging by what we see everyday I think the seabirds have done really well. We had that little blip near the end with the N.E. seas but other than that it seems to be ok.
The rain over the last few weeks has been a pain but the Inner Farne has only closed a few times this year which is great news.
Staple Island has been closed loads, with all the rain and the seas at the jetty which is really annoying but I suppose its the norm.

Anyway here are a few pictures of the seabirds growing quick and other getting ready to leave. We have also are seeing the dolphins lots again and they have been wowing us as well as our guests and hopefully we will see them all the way until the end of the season.

 The Kittiwakes are growing fast now so it will not be long before the head out to sea.

 Young Kittwake with an adult.

 Young Arctic Tern

 Puffins are starting to get ready to leave now.

 A seal enjoying the little bit of sunshine we have had this year.

 Our diving boat enjoying some bottlenose dolphin action as they play with the bow of the boat.

 A Puffin peaking over the edge of the cliff.

A Razorbill fly by.