The Common Seal that has frequented the area recently gave great views along the river across from the Wader Pool Hide. In the second picture below you can see an orange tag on the hind flippers, I think that this individual was possibly released from Mallydams sometime ago.
Archive for April 29th, 2010
A walk along the low water shore line at day break produced some interesting finds. A fine Tompot Blenny was stranded in a small pool, the small feathery tentacles around the nostrils and a larger pair on top of the head between the eyes help to id this fish. Also many Masked Crabs (pictured below) were creeping around the shore line, the oval shape of the carapace with four teeth on each side and the extremely long antennae are distinctive features, males can be seperated from females by the long first walking legs. Avian highlights included 2 Arctic and 5 Little Tern roosting on the low water sand and 3 Arctic Skua were chasing and successfully robbing Sandwich Terns offshore.
Tompot Blenny along the shore this morning