West Coast Pelagic Magic at the Celtic Deep
At 8am on Wednesday 9th of August 2023 the majority of the so called "Goldcliff Gang" congregated at Neyland Marina in order to go on a pelagic boat trip to the Celtic Deep. Paul Coombes had organised the trip earlier this year and it was booked through Dave Astins Western Coast Birdwatching
Dave met us at the marina car park but was unfortunately not able to be the guide. Instead he had a suitable substitute and our guide for the day was the very knowledgeable , experienced and keen eye Clive Hurford.
Our skipper for the day was Alex ( Dale Sailing) and the boat that we would sail on was named the "Helen Clare".
We met up with some of the other passengers and it was fair to say that by 8.30 am we were all brimming over with excitement.
|The boat -"Helen Clare".
|Looking down at the Helen Clare - our boat for the day (Centre)
|Getting ready for departure .
|The Goldcliff Gang
|Great Shearwater ( Center) with a raft of Manx Shearwaters
|European Storm Petrel
|Wilsons Petrel ( Image thanks to Phillip Leyshon)
|What is that? Its a Pomarine Skua.
|Lesser Black Backed Gulls and a Pom
|A Fulmar attracting the birder paparazzi.
|Fluke of a Fin Whales - this photo caused some considerable debate
|Fin Whale scooping up a bait ball side on
|The Fin Whale was turning on its side.
|Dorsal Fin of the Fin Whale
|The mouth of a "Fin Whale" ( Image thanks to Paul Coombes)
|Common Dolphins were also taking part in the feeding frenzy.
- Manx Shearwater
- European Storm Petrel
- Wilsons Storm Petrel
- Pomarine Skua
- Lesser Backed Gull
- Greater Black Backed Gull
- Arctic Tern
- Common tern
- Harbour Porpoise
- Common Dolphin
- Minke Whale
- Fin Whale
- Atlantic Grey Seal
- Jelly Fish.