Thursday, August 10, 2017

Skogsøy 10 August 2017 - Pavlovian response to onshore winds

A fresh onshore breeze meant that there was no choice but to head out to Skogsøy. There were, of course, no shearwaters - I see them just as often with the wind in the east or at least anywhere but west.

Sometimes one can get lucky and get the whole bird in....

The more usual result when photographing diving Gannets havsule

Something approaching my dream shot of Shag toppskarv. If only it was in focus....
The fish looks like a Short-spined Sea Scorpion

Most Shags toppskarv today were first year birds - perhaps they migrate north before the adults...

It was relatively quiet with just a southbound migration of Oystercatchers tjeld, the autumn northward migration of Shags toppskarv (most of which were this year's birds) and small numbers of Gannet havsule.

A couple of White-tailed Eagles havørn did some seawatching from the next headland south, one of which was there when I arrived and left at the same time.

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