Posted by: orcaweb | May 23, 2009

Deer spotting on Fano island

Woodpigeon hitching a ride on the Dana Sirena

Woodpigeon hitching a ride on the Dana Sirena

I had a great day on the quaint Danish island of Fanø yesterday accompanied by 3 ORCA/DFDS mini-wildlife cruisers. We had a lovely circular walk spotting birds, butterflies and identifying wild flowers and we even heard a Cuckoo in the woods! We came across three Roe deer grazing in a lush green field. They were a male (buck) and 2 females (doe’s). They didn’t spot us initially and they could not ‘scent’ us as we were not downwind of them. We saw or heard a few bird species on our walk. I was helping my guests to identify birds by their songs. On our voyage back from Esbjerg to Harwich and just out of the port of Esbjerg I saw huge numbers of Common Scoter, possibly numbering about 500 birds.

The following morning I was out on the deck of the Dana Sirena at 6.30am enjoying the crisp morning air. The sea conditions were mirror calm which was ideal for Porpoise spotting and sure enough between myself and a member of the ship’s crew who was also working on deck we spotted 5 porpoise in as many minutes! These dimunitive little ‘cetaceans’ don’t show much just a little triangular dorsal fin and they leave a little ‘flukeprint’ behind. Early one morning during our voyage between Harwich and Esbjerg we had a Woodpigeon and a Collared Dove land on deck to rest.

Another visitor on deck this time a Collared Dove

Another visitor on deck this time a Collared Dove

 

Elfyn Pugh

Wildlife Officer on the Dana Sirena

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