Saturday, 3 October 2009

Exhilarating!

Exhilarating and dramatic but no birds! The safari spent nearly 2 1/2 hours over the high tide getting drenched and being deafened by the roar of the wind and surf for very, very little - in fact only a single Oystercatcher and a flocket of 3 Knot...hardly worth the soaking. Pound to a penny when I get to read the blogs and sightings reports later there'll be a field guide full of seabirds seen. Had to leave cos the scope, bins and camera were all covered in slimey salt spray and I was finding it impossible to see through them let alone focus on anything.
The waves were between 3 and 4 metres high (10 - 12 feet) and the troughs between them about 50 feet wide and devoid of birds.
The white specks in the pic below aren't snow they're blobs of sea foam whipping up the cliff face.
Now you see the Cabin...
Now you don't...

Spectacular water show!



video

The change in sound near the end of the vid is a wave landing over me.

Where to next? Back for more tomorrow, might be able to try a bit earlier in the morning and watch the risng tide.

In the meantime let us know what's fast and furious in your outback.

Edit - Knew I'd miss it all...had to be back for dog-sitting duties by 12.30 anyway...c'est la vie!

4 comments:

Warren Baker said...

pretty cool stuff dave! Brave man to stand out in that.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Thanks Warren...Cool yes, cold no, thankfully it was quite mild. Notice I wasn't brave enough to venture onto the Lower Walk! Bins scope and camera rinsed off and dried ready for tomorrow's Leach's fest hahaha

Cheers

D

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

BTW Who was Mr Leach? Monika's (Orca Watcher) Sea Lions were named by Mr Steller, who also put his name to a Sea Cow, a Sea Eagle, an Eider; Mr Pallas named a Warbler, a Reed Bunting and a Grasshopper Warbler..or is Mr Leach like Fr Cetti only named one species...feel some googling comin on.

D

Monika said...

I can't believe you spent 2.5 hours out there! That's some amazing wave action. I probably would have enjoyed the spectacle about 15 minutes before bailing. It does look cold, but if it was only cool that may have helped.

Oo, report back if you find something interesting on Mr. Leach!