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It's nearly April...

in Birds & Birding Mon Mar 28, 2011 8:38 am
by martin k | 1 Post

the weather's good and thoughts are turning to the sea :-)

Morning all

Glad to have joined this forum. For those of you who don't know me, I'm an ex-teacher, now professional wildlife/birdwatching/photography guide, obsessed with raptors (I'm a Schedule 1 licence holder), cetaceans (lead surveyor for the Northeast Cetacean Project and a member of the Northeast regional hub of Netgain; the North Sea Marine Conservation Zones Project) and seabirds (organiser of the Northumberland Pelagic trips since 1998).

We've finalised the line-up of pelagics for the summer/autumn so I thought I'd let you know what we're doing. On any of our Royal Quays pelagics, we're always able to collect participants from Mill Dam, South Shields, saving South Tyneside/Durham/Teesside birders the journey north through the tunnel.

Anyhow, if anyone's interested in any of the trips listed below, give me a call. They're always great social events ;-)

Friday 22nd July 2011
A 4-hour evening pelagic departing Royal Quays Marina at 18:00. Cost £30 per person. Target species; Storm Petrel, Great Skua, cetaceans

Wednesday 27th July 2011
A 5-hour pelagic to the Farne Deeps on a high-speed RIB, departing Seahouses Harbour, time tbc. Cost £70 per person. Target species; White-beaked Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Minke Whale

Friday 29th July 2011
A 4-hour evening pelagic departing Royal Quays Marina at 18:00. Cost £30 per person. Target species; Storm Petrel, Great Skua, cetaceans

Wednesday 3rd August 2011
A 4-hour evening pelagic departing Royal Quays Marina at 18:00. Cost £30 per person. Target species; Storm Petrel, Great Skua, cetaceans

Thursday 11th August 2011
A 10-hour pelagic to the Farne Deeps departing Royal Quays Marina at 08:00. Cost £70 per person. Target species; White-beaked Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Minke Whale

Saturday 3rd September 2011
An 8-hour day pelagic departing Royal Quays Marina at 09:00. Cost £47.50 per person. Target species; skuas, shearwaters, cetaceans

Saturday 10th September 2011
A 4-hour Whale and Dolphin Cruise departing Seahouses Harbour at 10:00. Cost £35/adult, £20/child. Target species; White-beaked Dolphin, Minke Whale, Harbour Porpoise.

Saturday 17th September 2011
An 8-hour day pelagic departing Royal Quays Marina at 09:00. Cost £47.50 per person. Target species; skuas, shearwaters, cetaceans

Our pelagic trips from Royal Quays take place on the SarahJFK, a 44ft converted lifeboat which is used for sea-angling charters and for the last ten years has been chartered for our pelagic trips. The boat offers an excellent vantage point for observation of wildlife. All of our Royal Quays pelagics are limited to a maximum of 12 participants, allowing all on board a good opportunity to see any birds or cetaceans which are found. Some truly outstanding opportunities for photography occur on our pelagic trips as well, with many birds being attracted very close to the boat.

Our Whale & Dolphin Cruise from Seahouses will be on Glad Tidings V.

Our pelagic trips have proved very successful and they are an excellent way to enjoy our offshore wildlife in the company of other birders who are always willing to help any less experienced participants. More experienced birders may well find that the North Sea is a new frontier for their birding. Pelagic birding is very unpredictable but highlights of our trips on the SarahJFK have included the 1st British North Sea Wilson’s Petrel (2002), Long-tailed Skua (2002), Sabine’s Gull (2005), Harbour Porpoise (2006), Minke Whale (2006 and 2007), Great Shearwater, Balearic Shearwater and Pomarine Skua (2007), excellent views of Sooty Shearwater in each of the last nine years and several very close encounters with White-beaked Dolphins, most recently on our Farne Deeps trip in September 2010.

Participants should bring their own food and drink and warm/waterproof clothing.

To reserve a place on any of these trips, please contact Martin Kitching (01670) 827465 and send a deposit of £10 per person per trip (cheque payable to ‘Northern Experience Wildlife Tours Ltd’, non-refundable if you cancel at a later date) to NEWT Ltd, 18 Frances Ville, Scotland Gate, Northumberland, NE62 5ST. Alternatively, you can book online. The balance of payment is due 2 weeks before sailing.

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RE: It's nearly April...

in Birds & Birding Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:39 pm
by jason | 255 Posts

Hiya Martin, I can absolutely vouch for the fact that these trips are superb. I've done one for the last three years and will be doing one again this year!


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RE: It's nearly April...

in Birds & Birding Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:16 pm
by Steve Egglestone | 664 Posts

Zitat von jason
Hiya Martin, I can absolutely vouch for the fact that these trips are superb. I've done one for the last three years and will be doing one again this year!

Aye not bad at all! done a couple myself....


http://southtynesidebirder.blogspot.com/

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