Pelagic – Saturday 6th August 2011

We were taken out about 7.5 miles to start chumming. The skipper then relocated a couple of times further to the south-west.
There was a passage of Manx Shearwaters towards the west, some of them coming fairly close. The boat was circled by Great Blackbacked Gulls and at least one Lesser Blackback, with some Kittiwakes and the odd Herring Gull. Some Fulmars approached very close on the water to pick up bits of chum. A gannet dived in within a couple of metres of the boat.
The highlights were:-
1 Sooty Shearwater
1 Balearic Shearwater – giving good views on a flypast.
1 Common Tern
2 European Storm Petrels – Two sightings of birds flying parallel to the boat as it headed towards the second location, at perhaps 150 metres.
One Cormorant was also seen. A couple of Grey Seals were seen during the morning.
As we returned to St Ives near The Island, there was a Guillemot, several Shags and a probable juv. Mediterranean Gull. (Tim Cooke)

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