06 May 2009

'Sea' monsters

An evening high-tide, the wind in the west and the magnetic pull of Goldcliff - it must be seawatch o'clock. A couple of hours sentry duty produced 1 pale phase Arctic Skua up-channel, the briefest view of 2-3 Manxies, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Sanderling, 13 Turnstone and 15 Whimbrel.

Stealing the show, however, was my second ever Gwentish Grey Seal, a reasonably petite (female/immature?) and rather attractive individual, that is, as compared to the male that was at the mouth of the Wye a while back.

See, I said she was a cutie.

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