Boys Will Be Boys...

Thursday, September 18. 2014

Hi Everyone,

Dolphin sightings around the Kessock Channel and Chanonry are pretty quiet just at the moment. I was at our Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay last Sunday and at one stage in the distance about 1.5km away we had around 20 dolphins, some with small babies travelling past heading east. It was lovely to see them and a while later travelling in the other direction was a juvenile Minke whale !

Kesslet and Charlie were in the Kessock Channel the other day and they were joined by big Scoopy who brought any thoughts of hunting to an end by starting a good old lark around with Charlie as they headed down towards the Kessock Bridge. You could almost see Kesslet rolling her eyes and shaking her head in disapproval as the two boys mucked about instead of finding lunch...

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Boys will be boys eh?


Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Mums The Word...

Wednesday, September 10. 2014

Hi Everyone,

I have some great news from the Inner Moray Firth about two of our adoption dolphin girls - Spirit and Moonlight have had new babies recently!

Barbara from the Lighthouse Field Station and I have held this news back for a week or so just to make absolutely sure. We always like to see a new Mum and baby at least twice for a decent amount of time together before we confirm it.

The photo below is our lovely Spirit with her little bundle of joy...

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And here is Moonlight and her new "dinky" as we call these tiny babies. Many thanks to Barbara for permission to use her photo of Moonlight, Moonlight has only been past Chanonry once in the last while and there were so many Mum and baby combinations it was difficult for me to make out who was who and since then she has been away in the distance, too far even for my huge camera lenses.

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To say that I'm happy is a great understatement !

Best Wishes,

Charlie.

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A "Bonnie" Fish for Breakfast.

Tuesday, September 9. 2014

Hi Everyone,

I did one of my "low tide 'til high tide" shifts at Chanonry Point very early yesterday as the weather was reasonable for a change and I had a few dolphins sighted & identified during the 6 hours or so. The first dolphin to appear just after sunrise was big ID#706 - a solitary male that I haven't seen at Chanonry at all this season so I was really happy at seeing him happy and healthy and he caught a lovely big fish. Then ID#744 "Bonnie" and her year old calf came and joined him for a while but he, shy boy that he is, moved away to finish his fish in peace. Bonnie chased after a big fish and then brought it back into the tidal current and I got a few nice frames of her breakfast in the improving light.

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A bit later, Sundance came wandering past with Zephyr, Breeze and ID#990 "Flake" but they didn't hang around and headed back out to sea having not found any fish for themselves.


Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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You Can't Keep A Good Dolphin Down !

Wednesday, September 3. 2014

Hi Everyone,

Things are still a little bit quiet around Chanonry Point - there are some dolphins around but they are not doing very much, most are saving energy instead until the salmon run speeds up a bit... unless of course you happen to be Charlie and then of course you have to go and say "Hello" to any tanker that passes through the shipping lane !

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With weak tides at present I'm not expecting any great excitement and even the local tour boats are having a quiet spell but it'll pick up again fairly soon as there are shoals of mackerel about.


Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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Nobody Here But Kesslet...

Wednesday, August 27. 2014

Hi Everyone,

It's a bit on the quiet side for dolphin sightings where I am at the moment. I'm just getting over a bad cold so I stayed at North Kessock today and watched Kesslet fishing by herself quietly in the incoming tide.

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You can maybe make out a bit of fish sticking out of her mouth. I last saw Charlie a few days ago round at Chanonry Point where he appeared from the Inverness direction with Breeze but they didn't hang around and headed back out to sea - most of the dolphins are a bit farther out at the moment as the fishing is better.

Best Wishes,


Charlie.

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