A few weeks ago I was pleased to be taking terrible photos of a Great Shearwater in Weymouth Bay in appalling weather - any photo of a Great Shearwater in Dorset being something to celebrate. This or another bird lingered for several days and despite a repeat visit to Portland I was unable to get anything resembling these stunning pictures taken by Keith Pritchard. So I was optimistic that a trip to the Isles of Scilly last weekend would provide better opportunities in more clement conditions to see this enigmatic species. And so it was, as we saw several on each of three pelagics, some of which treated us to close views, highlights of which below.
6 months ago