Posted by: orcaweb | October 16, 2008

ORCA / DFDS Seaways Wildlife Officer Beth Hazell discovers that the wildlife around her is preparing for winter on the Dana Sirena. Could it be time for an extra jumper?

Harwich to Esbjerg (Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd Friday October 2008)

 

A cool sunset over the North Sea heralds the start of winter

A cool sunset over the North Sea heralds the start of winter

Since getting back onboard the Dana Sirena after having two weeks off I have really noticed the onset of winter.  As the days are becoming shorter it has made me realise I should try and fit more into them so I have been taking myself off on little adventures ashore. 

 

 

 

A Knot feeds along the shore by my feet!

A Knot feeds along the shore by my feet!

Darkness sets in not long after departure (about 7 pm), the long daylight hours of summer and late nights on deck watching for wildlife are unfortunately coming to a close for another year in this part of the world. 

 

However, one of the great things about this particular minicruise is that you get a good few hours to spend ashore in Esbjerg, plenty of time to jump on the little ferry that takes passengers over to Fanø.

 

Therefore when we docked into Esbjerg, instead of preparing for the next trip and doing more research on the many migrant species that are about at the moment I decided to visit the little island of Fanø (sorry boss!). 

 

It was fantastic, great for rambling and there were opportunities of getting close to some of the bird species that winter along the Danish coast on the now quiet beaches.  I did have to be careful as there were some flooded areas hidden beneath tall grasses but as long as you use common sense it’s perfectly fab to explore.  Even in the wind and rain, just pop on an extra layer, gloves and hat and get outdoors. It is a brilliant time of year to see all sorts of wildlife busying about getting ready for winter, even if the days are shorter and you have to go ashore to do it!

 

Gulls and wading birds gather together to refuel on migration

Gulls and wading birds gather together to refuel on migration

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