Devon Bird Sightings: Other Wildlife from 8th–14th March 2017

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Posted August 25th at 9:58 am by Mike Daniels in Bird News

Changes to Devon Bird Sightings

This page was initially set up to give a concise news summary of birds of interest seen in Devon. Anyone noting interesting species, passage and counts could post the details to inform other birders what was going on around the county. Photos could also be added for interest and to enliven the posts. It was accepted that because other wildlife was of interest, this would also appear especially when included in a birding post.

However, in the last year, more posts have been appearing purely on subjects other than birds. Whilst of interest to some observers, this is detracting from the aim of the pages, i.e. principally bird sightings.

Devon Birds has therefore taken the decision to require contributors of other wildlife to post this in the Other Wildlife subject. However it’s accepted that occasional, exceptional, other wildlife seen during a birding outing justifies inclusion in the bird sightings post. This should, however, be a minor part of the post.

Photos are often appearing as a gallery, or even acting as a personal photo blog, rather than of county-wide sightings of interest. Devon Birds has a Gallery which members and other birders are welcome to submit their often stunning photos to, for others to see. Many of these photos need not then appear on this page. From now on, only two photos per post will be accepted to help keep posts more concise.

Devon Birds very much welcomes posts that already meet these criteria and those that will continue to do so. It would also be great to widen the input from keen birders who currently don’t contribute, including some old friends who have dropped out. Hopefully the changes will encourage wider participation, so if you look at the site but don’t post, please consider doing so.

Our aim is to provide a concise daily news summary of bird sightings around Devon, and these changes should fulfil this goal.

Below is a summary of the changes:

  • Bird News (bird sightings of interest, with added occasional other wildlife) will be the default subject when visitors arrive at this page.
  • Other Wildlife posts therefore won’t initially be shown unless visitors click Other Wildlife under Subjects on the right-hand side.
  • Only two photos can now be submitted per post.
  • General bird photos should be posted in our Gallery please.
  • Co-authors should now only use the Submit a Blog Post form, to ensure a more consistent format for posts.

Posted August 21st at 3:53 pm in Bird News

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am in Bird News

Monday 13th March 2017

Humpback Whale, Slapton

The whale was seen numerous times between 1545 and 1830 going up and down along the shore of Slapton, Torcross and Strete Corner beach, sadly not seen to breach like off Berry Head this morning. Many harbour porpoises and gannets present as well.

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 7:34 pm by Kevin Johns in Other Wildlife

Humpback Whale, Berry Head, 13 March

An excellent morning watching the Humpback whale off Berry Head between about 10:45 and 12:45. The whale was first sighted in the middle of the bay rolling and showing his flippers. He then started breaching at regular intervals but still at a distance. At 11:22 a cabin cruiser appeared from the Dartmouth side of the head and cruised directly up to the whale, making several course adjustments as the whale surfaced in different locations. The boat reached the whale and powered off over the last location of the whale which then disappeared much to the consternation and annoyance of a crowd of at least 50 people on the head. The boat left the area at approx 1135. At approx 12:10 the whale returned and to the delight of the crowd headed directly towards the head and fished for some while under the head at 1240 the whale then headed off to open sea breaching constantly to the delight of the crowd. Tail markings confirm this is the same whale that has been at Slapton Beach over the last couple of weeks.

Humpback Whale under Berry Head Humpback Whale breaching Humpback Whale breaching

Eds Bob: could you contact the Berry Head Ranger 01803 882619 about possible use of your photos?

Posted March 13th, 2017 at 5:54 pm by Bob Telford in Other Wildlife

Sunday 12th March 2017

Water spray off Torquay

At Roundham Head this afternoon (~1600) and saw water spray just above the sea off Torquay.  Repeated several times, moving about and by eye could occasionally see "black shapes". Had no binoculars with us or camera.  Obviously I hadnt read about the whale at Berry Head at the time but I thought it might be useful to post this, especially as jet skis were in use in a separate  part of the bay.

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 5:28 pm by Philip Strange in Other Wildlife

Humpback Whale at Berry Head

Whilst out looking for wheatear early today at Berry Head, I noticed a rather large black object in the sea. On closer inspection I realised it was  a whale, spouting and diving. After sending OH running back to the car to fetch my camera I photographed it for about an hour. It turned out to be the humpback from Slapton. The news spread quickly but by around 9.30am it had vanished. Is this a first for Berry Head?

Same markings at Slapton whale  
Same markings at Slapton whale

 

 

Posted March 12th, 2017 at 1:48 pm by Stephanie Murphy in Other Wildlife

Saturday 11th March 2017

Slapton

Humpback still between Slapton Monument Car Pk & Blackpool Sands, c.17:15 - 17:45, apparently feeding around high tide.

Posted March 11th, 2017 at 7:45 pm by David Holloway in Other Wildlife

Thursday 9th March 2017

Start Bay

In calm conditions the Humpback Whale showed well in Start Bay for most of day, covering most of the area. Breaching twice (completely leaving the water), showing the long white pectoral flippers and body earlier on; and a Bonxie hovered over the whale at one point! Also 10+ Harbour Porpoise, Red-throated and Great Northern Divers.

Humpback close in off memorial car park 18:10

Posted March 9th, 2017 at 10:58 pm by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

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