Tuesday 1 September 2015

Scilly views

Last post from my recent trip to the Isles of Scilly - it wasn't all about point blank views of exceptionally rare seabirds, migrant warblers, waders and flycatchers. There were also cetaceans, sharks, butterflies and a variety of fish and the views of the islands to enjoy. The advantage of the new 100-400mm lens I got just before this trip was that I had more flexibility to photograph this wider range of subjects.
We passed a pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphins just north of St Martin's one morning
A very long, swept back dorsal fin - compare to...
...the stubbier fin of Harbour Porpoise

Blue Sharks are caught and tagged on the Sapphire to support research into their conservation

Landing one can be quite a struggle
This Cod caused some excitement among the fishermen on board
As did this Ling - a cross between a Cod and an Eel
This striking Cuckoo Wrasse had seen better days
Pollock was the main catch landed on the evening trips
The peculiar Ocean Sunfish came close to the boat
A more typical view
The view over Porthloo
The boardwalk through Lower Moors

Porth Hellick

Gorse and Heather near Giant's Castle
The small runway at St Mary's Airport
The Sapphire: this was ' home' for about 24 hours over the course of a long weekend
Sunset at sea after an evening pelagic
Another sunset view
The Strand in Hugh Town
Small Copper on St Mary's


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