Click and Play 1july2013

Read by Yvonne

Yesterday was another day of working primarily with the Gannets for Vicky and myself. We left for Les Etacs at 5:30 in the morning to spend some more time trying to retrieve the GPS tags.

Unfortunately for us, going at such an early time in the morning is not only tiring, but also means that there is still a bit of fog in the air. This made landing on Les Etacs a little more difficult. But it was worth it as we caught 3 more Gannets and collected their tags. We have now retrieved 16 out of 27 tags and are hoping one more effort later this week will push us up to 20.

Tim with a Gannet just before releasing it

Tim with a Gannet just before releasing it

In the afternoon we monitored the Gannets from a much safer distance, although sitting on the rocks isn't all that much more comfortable! But at least the sun had burnt through the fog of the morning and it was a much nicer afternoon.

Vicky monitoring the Gannets on a sunny afternoon

Vicky monitoring the Gannets on a sunny afternoon

This was to continue our productivity monitoring. Vicky and I monitor 5 plots of Gannets between us totalling over 250 individual nests. Some of them have chicks that are still too small to see very well, but we have already seen lots of chicks on our plots. We are sure we will see a lot more as the chicks become bigger and easier for us to spot at such a distance.

The two different perspectives we get on Les Etacs allow us to truly appreciate just how awe inspiring and powerful the Gannets are as individuals and as a large colony.

The Gannet colony from a distance - the number of birds is just astounding

The Gannet colony from a distance - the number of birds is just astounding

The Gannet colony close-up - it is truly remarkable how striking these birds are

The Gannet colony close-up - it is truly remarkable how striking these birds are

Weather Forecast:

weather-symbolTuesday 2nd July

Max 15 degrees / Min 14 degrees

Wind direction: South South Westerly 14mph

Description: Light Rain

Today's Puffin Fact

Puffins can reach speeds of 55mph in flight.