As the first snowfall of winter paints the mountain tops white, my job of finding some of the resident dolphins that are on our Adopt a Dolphin programme gets a little more difficult as generally the weather isn't quite so good for watching or for photography.
I had a nice surprise in the Kessock Channel near Inverness yesterday - there in the rising tide was Kesslet, one of the WDC adoption dolphins and her big friend Scoopy. They were hunting for the very last of the migratory salmon that were running to a nearby river and I caught a glimpse of Kesslet with a fish in her mouth.
The sightings of the resident Bottlenose dolphins around the peninsula called Chanonry Point - the place that I call my "office", are getting fewer every week now as the majority of dolphins, including many of the dolphins on the WDC Adopt A Dolphin programme frequent the more outer reaches of this esturine type area of the Inner Moray Firth, wh
Just to let you know that I'm off on a weeks break from today - I spotted Sundance alongside Kesslet this morning in the Kessock Channel which was a real surprise as he hasn't been in here much over the season. Anyway - must dive off and pack.
WDC Adopt a Dolphin star "Kesslet" turns 21 years old this month. She was born in 1994 and sadly when she was only four years old her mother, Kess died. She is a great, resourceful character and in 2007 she gave birth to her first offspring, Charlie, who is on the left of the photo below with Kesslet leaping over the top of one of Charlies buddies called Yoda.
In the last week or two the air has had a distinct chill in it sometimes and nearly all the migratory salmon are being replaced by shoals of herring and mackerel.
I am lucky enough to be able to witness the WDC adoption dolphins at very close quarters sometimes through my big camera lenses and a few days ago I had ID#433 "Kesslet" right in front of me gulping down a juicy salmon with the air of a real connoisseur.
When you are studying dolphins all the time you can become a little complacent and it sometimes takes a visitors comments to make you remember a) how lucky you are and b) just how big these dolphins appear to be.