Thursday, 13 November 2014

The last 4/5 weeks

Just a little blog of what I have been seeing over the last 4/5 weeks.

The season has now come to the end and I have taken 1 of our boats out for its annual paint but I'm leaving 2 boats in the water for trips out and about over the winter.

We have had a really good run lately and I don't really want it to stop but I know all good things have to come an end at sometimes.

The weather has eventually broke this week but we can get some good days and then some days its bad so I can't complain. It gives me a little break and catch up at home.

Some of the pictures were taken in the last week of September up until now and you would think these pictures were taken during the summer judging by the light.

Late September I was at Holy Island to pick some guests up who had been on the Island all day and they wanted a lift back to Seahouses where they would catch their coach back to Newcastle.

Around Holy Island was lovely and the birds were starting to arrive or just enjoying the sunshine and some good sightings on the way home too.


Oystercatchers, Waders, Guillemots, Puffins and a few Harbour Porpoise thrown in on the way back.

Around the Islands we have seen bits and pieces but I wished I could be on the islands when the good birds start to land but I can live in hope eh.

We still get to see some nice stuff so I can't complain at all.

We have had some cracking sunrises and some of the divers have been having some great fun playing with the seals.

Check out this Video called Dancing on the

The Purple Sandpipers were just beautiful in the sunlight too.

Some nice Robins, Skua's, Kestrel's, Thrushes and Redwings dropping in and don't forget its nearly the height of the seal pup season now.

The best of all was the Bottlenose Dolphins again. They have been the stars of the show so far this year and the other week we had 60/70 around the boat which was amazing to see.

Hopefully I will a lot more to blog about over the next few weeks too.

Oh if you do like the rubbish I write about and some of the pictures I have entered into the UK Blog Awards, so if you have got the time could you please vote for me. Cheers

Until my next blog see you later guys.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Little Auk

I have seen a single little auk over the last few days and I must admit I love these little fella's.

Last year was not a very good year for seeing them around the Farnes and I think there was only 12 reported for the year, and this year so far there has only been a few sightings, so I've been a bit lucky to see them really.

We saw a one on its own again today and with the wind picking up and the dreadful light, I was surprised that we even spotted it.

I did manage to get a few shots before it flew off into the distance. Fingers crossed we do get another chance to see some more and hopefully in better conditions and better light.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Another Seal Pup.

Unfortunately my last post about the first seal pup did not end to good, as it was washed off the rocks and did not survive, but today we saw another new born seal pup and this one had very mixed emotion's too.

It was not until our second trip out this afternoon that we saw a new born on the rocks at the north west end of North Wamses and if it was not for the wind on the south side of the islands, forcing us to go to the north side then I don't think we would have seen it at all.

When we first saw it, we all went ahhhh including myself, but then the ahhhh's went to oh no in the matter of seconds as a wave came in and knocked it off the rocks and into the water.

I could not look, as I thought that's it another one lost but I have to give this little pup some due as it was as brave as hell and it made it back the rocks and hauled itself out.

Everyone on the boat breathed a sigh of relief but it looked shocked and shattered.

The wind started to pick up again and yet another wave came in and knocked the pup off the rocks. Oh no not again, please.

The emotion's were sky high on the boat but everyone was praying for a happy ending.

As we watched the pup struggle to stay a float, then all of a sudden its mother appeared and then rescue mission started.

She nudged her nose into the pups tail and encouraged it back towards the rocks. The waves were hitting it harder and harder, but this little fella was not going to give up and its mother was not going to let it happen neither. She managed to get the pup close enough to the rocks and with the waves still hitting the pup she gently coaxed the pup back into dry land.

Again everyone breathed a sigh of relief.

We watched as the mother made the pup climb further up the rocks so that the waves did not hit it again and then we left them alone.

I later got a text to say that the wardens had seen it up high on the rocks and that the sun was drying it out.

Here is some pictures of today's events.

To see the look in the mothers eye after she got the pup to safety was just amazing. It taught me a lot about the bond between a mother and her child and this is the strongest bond I have ever seen and this is why this pup will survive.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Basking Shark

What a day and what a sight......

I was in the harbour this morning waiting to pick up my guests when I got a phone call from a friend saying that he had seen something in the water like a whale or a shark but he was not sure what it was.

Quick as a flash I had the throttle up and I was on my way out to the area he was. We were about 2 miles from Seahouses when we spotted Gannets diving then all of a sudden a dorsal fin appeared at the surface.

As we got closer it disappeared but then all of a sudden it was back at the surface right beside the boat.

Oh my god it was a Basking Shark and a big one too. It must have been about 30 foot.

At first I was shocked just how big it was but then you just have to stare at this amazing beast.

It was gliding gracefully through the water eating plankton along the way and you could tell it was a big shark as it's dorsal fin flopped over at it breached the surface.

We followed it for about half an hour and then I realized that I had guests waiting on the pier to be picked up so I headed back to the harbour.

It just goes to show how carried away you can get when you see something amazing like this and so close up too.

I do this job everyday and it still blows me away with what we see.

First seal pup of the year

On my sail around this morning we stopped at the Longstone to see the seals, when I noticed the first seal pup of the year lying on the rocks.

Firstly I was gob smacked it was so quick and secondly where it was, as I've never seen a seal pup on that area before.

It was near the end of the Longstone and it was just above the tide line. It seemed to be enjoying the September sun but its mother was not in sight.

On my second trip out the tide was coming in fast and it had covered the area where it was but as I looked a bit more I noticed it was a bit further up but this time it did not look so happy as the seas were a bit close to it and it was soaking wet.

I do hope we don't get any bad sea's to knock it off and I do hope its mother is not to far away.

My fingers are crossed and I will see what tomorrow brings.

Here are some pictures and come on fella you can make it.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Just an update

Its been very quite around the Farnes lately but one or two good birds have been dropping in but unfortunaly I have never been able to see them.

We have been getting a good few Guillemots and Puffins hanging around Inner Sound and Staple Sound which is really nice for myself as well as our guests as they think they have missed them for the year, and we have seen a good few Harbour Porpoise too.

I have also been seeing the usual suspects coming in again and the numbers are starting to build up too, with the Purple Sandpipers and Golden Plovers being the main ones.

At this time of the year we get to see the Fulmars come into their own as they glide past the boat and often using the boat to show off the flying skills. They are beautiful birds and to see them in a best light has to be our Sunset Cruise.  

We also have seen a good few Manx Shearwaters go north, but not a many as last year.

The Gannets again have been lovely to see.

We also noticed the same seal for two days using the cardinal bouy as its place to rest. I'm surprised they don't use it more often to be honest.  

I also noticed four Roseate Terns on the Knivestone and the Longstone at the weekend, with a Turnstone keeping a good eye out for it. It was also nice to see an Eider Duck back into its beautiful plumage after moulting.

 Hopefully over the next few days with the slight easterly wind coming in I might get to see some good birds too. I have heard Mr Steel, the head warden of the Farnes getting some good birds drop in to say hello so fingers crossed for myself.

Anyway here is a couple of pictures of The Pele Tower, The Inner Farne's cliff face and Bamburgh Castle as we wrap up our last two Sunset Cruises for the year.