Some Sightings Out There...

I had word from a contact of mine the other day who does bird watching at Tarbat Ness in the Dornoch Firth, a bit North from here, that he spotted over fifteen Bottlenose dolphins hunting for fish with lots of gull activity overhead. That sounds fairly typical of mackerel or more likely herring fishing by these dolphins - there is a lot of surface activity and this can attract a lots of birds but sometimes the dolphins are chasing the fish and herding them so quickly that the birds take a while to catch up - like in the photo below where a young dolphin is snapping at a fish that is in mid-air. This very cold weather that we are having at the moment often brings in shoals of herring nearer to land where I can keep a watch out for any accompanying dolphins so fingers crossed that I can spot a fin or two before long.

A Fish Trying To Escape a Young Dolphin

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NICE TO SEE THE DOLPHINS ARE STILL AROUND CHARLIE MY BEST WISHES TO ALL IN SUNNY SCOTLAND A GREAT XMAS AND NEW YEAR AND HOPE TO SEE YOU SOMETIME ON THE BEACH IN 2018 TAKE CARE MY FREIND MY BEST TO YOUR WIFE AS WELL.........

Good to hear from you Roy, have a peaceful Festive Season my friend and I'll see you on the beach next year.

Hello Charlie

Good to see you again this year. Did you see the news about the new permanent group of Bottlenose in Cornwall; does WDC have any input to this?

Merry Xmas and a happy 2018.

Regards

Geoff

Great to hear from you Geoff, yes, saw the reports on this and WDC have had no input as far as I know, but a long time ago there was a study done by an ex WDCS colleague on Bottlenoses in this area and it was thought that they might be resident. Good to see it eventually proved beyond doubt. All the very best to you and the family - hope to see you in 2018 !