Sunday, August 22, 2010

Skogsøy 22 August 2010

Part of a flock of migrating Oystercatcher tjeld
Survey / ROV vessel Geosund - a vessel I spend a lot of my working life on operating close to home on one of the lines going into Kollsnes.

Obligatory Gannet havsule image

Did the seawatcher's Pavlovian response to onshore winds as a low pressure system passed. And for once things worked out reasonably well with highlights being a Manx Shearwater havlire, three Sooty Shearwater grålire, four Great Skua storjo and a couple of dark phase Arctic Skua tyvjo all heading south in the space of a few hours.

Given the conditions only small numbers of other seabirds such as Fulmar havhest, Gannet havsule and Kittiwake krykkje. Other stuff passing included a small numbers of Common Scoter svartand, a Red-throated Diver smålom, 28 Turnstone steinvender, 12 Red Knot polarsnipe and small numbers of other waders.

Both Peregrine vandrefalk and White-tailed Eagle havørn put in an appearance too.

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