Well, I know I said I’d be updating the blog regularly whilst I’m here, but it’s proving a little difficult since I’m mainly restricted to phone internet (very useful to have, but extremely slow!) unless I use the Sea Watch computers out of office hours.
I’ve been here about a week and a half now and I absolutely love it. To begin with the weather was a little blustery, and it was a while before I could get out on a boat since the sea state was too rough. Plus the wind made getting any steady footage pretty much impossible … but the past few days have been amazing. Wednesday and Thursday saw stunning sunshine and really calm sea. I spent both mornings on the quay from 7/7.30am for a few hours then did two boat trips on Ermol 6 (a tourist boat that allows sea watch volunteers to come along)
Filming on a boat is proving a very interesting experience; I haven’t done much hand-held work before now, so having to hand hold my camera AND try to combat the rocking of the boat is rather difficult! Practice practice practice…
It seems I’ve seen dolphins most days, with a dolphin named Chris being one I can count on to come into New Quay harbour so I can film her! The other morning I was lucky enough to see a couple of porpoise in the harbour; they tend to be more shy, and are much smaller than bottlenose dolphins. In addition, if there are porpoises there won’t be dolphins since the dolphins tend to attack the porpoise due to the competition for food. However a couple of dolphins turned up so we thought we’d be in for a bit of a scene. Luckily for the porpoise they made a run for it so no drama. I’ve seen a couple of seals (although they’re not above the water for long) and there are loads of different species of seabird here too; birds rock is just south of new quay and has fulmars, gulls, guillemots, razorbills and cormorants. Plus gannets feed in the area.
I still have an awful lot of footage to get, but it seems to be going well!