Thursday, 31 October 2013

Little is good

The Safari didn't see anything other than a few Common Scoters this morning. Undeterred we were out again at lunchtime but if anything the few Common Scoters had become hardly any Common Scoters. There wasn't any excitement on the beach certainly no sign of yesterday's dodgy gull. A not so dodgy gull appeared in the middle distance and a welcome one at that - we could easily ID it! An adult Little Gull - nice.
Mid afternoon we had the last family event of this year's Autumnwatch season while we waited for the massing throng to turn up we pointed the camera at some gullage cruising by...shame it was so dark.
Our throng constituted of three generations of one family which was great and the can't stay away from anything mariney DB. 
The rockpools were savaged, nets trawled through the soft sand and stones overturned to find a couple of trays of goodies.
Somewhere in there there's a giant Common Prawn, an almost as big Brown Shrimp as well as the smallest Bristle Star we've ever seen it was tiny. The trail in the right hand tray was made by an Edible Periwinkle.
It took until the last sweep of the net to find a very small Green Shore Crab though. We spotted a reasonably sized Blennie but there was no way we were going to be able to catch it .
Where to next? More Patch 2 stuff tomorrow and we might be able to get up at lunchtime to have a short cetacean watch with our local Seawatch coordinator SMcC.
In the meantime let us know what was in the middle distance in your outback.

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