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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Gwennap Head, Porthgwarra, Cornwall 17/8/13

I finally took the risk and drove overnight down to Cornwall in the company of Ads & Paul Bowley and Ewan Urquhart for a seawatch. I left at 11.20pm on Friday night, picked up my crew in Worthing and arrived at Portgwrararararara at 5.30am, with an hour stop in Exeter.

We had two sessions, one was 5.45am - 12.30pm and 2.30pm - 6.30pm. It is fair to say the afternoon session was excellent, with both large Shears coming close in due to the grotty weather. During these sessions, we got saturated by rain and windblown, and the umbrella we had soon got ruined.

We left around 6.45pm and I arrived back home just before midnight. A great day.

Totals are:

GREAT SHEARWATER - 10 (a couple of birds only 200 metres out, 1 even closer)
Sooty Shearwater - 3
Balearic Shearwater - 7
Manx Shearwater - ca. 600
Storm-Petrel - 15
Great Skua - 4
Chough - 2

Basking Shark - 2 (swimming very close inshore)
Ocean Sunfish - 1

 Gwennap Head
Ewan (left) & Ads

Basking Shark by Ads Bowley

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