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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

THANK HEAVEN FOR GLASSES. (05/06/13)

This morning we wandered down to the lighthouse at Chanory Point. It was a very dull and misty morning. I went down to find the Dolphin…….Bingo!

_V0G6754  I found them….put your glasses on and about dead centre on the opposite side of the firth there are not one but two Bottlenose Dolphin. I know they are Bottlenose because I met a chap from the Whale and Dolphin Preservation Society…..Can you imagine such a wonderful job…..Pickling Cetaceans or maybe smoking them. I didn’t like to push him too far on the details.

_V0G6765_6_7_tonemapped This is a bright as it gets today. Chanory Point in HDR….. and Alfie.

_V0G6788  A Common Gull flying from the mist.

_V0G6810    An Oyster Catcher as the mist lifted briefly. These birds never seem to rest. I can hear them flying about in the dark.

_V0G6790     The dogs love the seaside.

_V0G6773  Rosemarkie, just clear of the fog.

_V0G6794  I found one a bit closer. The Dolphin man is promising a much better morning tomorrow so I’ll drag Bertha down to the point and get wonderful pictures in good light. I’ll take a pencil and paper so he can tell me what manner of beast I’ve snapped. I think he said this is a Common Dolphin but I can’t be certain as he was overloading me with information.

A brilliant morning and made all the better by meeting such a kind and knowledgeable man.

This place is well worth a look. I’m here till Saturday and will book a return visit.

28 comments:

  1. That looks like my kind of place Adrian.
    What an experience to see those dolphin. Not something you see every day; unless you're there.
    Cracking shot of the dogs. They look so happy.

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    1. It's a cracking spot Keith. The Dolphin man was more forthcoming than the birders tend to be. He had a monster lens 800mm on a Gitzo tripod that must have cost half a grand+. He gave the dogs a bit of sandwich. The birders at Flamborough Head were better they got all their lunch.

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  2. Good to see the Dolphin Adrian, You just need them to come a bit closer! Good luck for you and Bertha for tomorrow. Perhaps you could talk nicely to (or mug) the dolphin man for a borrow of his lens!
    It's nice to see the dogs enjoying themselves at the seaside!...[;o)

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    1. Trevor they are only fifty yards away...maybe closer. You can hear them breathing. I'll take Bertha in a while. These were taken with a 135mm lens.

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  3. Looks like you have found a wonderful, peaceful place for the beginning of June. So much birdlife and I guess so much light at night - so that it seems darkness never really arrived. Loved the picture of the frolicking dogs.

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    1. YP, it is great here. Too much daylight. I'm getting less sleep than usual.

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  4. Im sure you will get a closer shot of the Dolphin soon ....it looks a bit misty today.

    peter

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    1. Peter it was a bit dark and dismal. I'll see what today brings.

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  5. dat is genieten een dolfijn zo dichtbij.

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    1. Nic Ik hoop dichterbij komen vandaag.

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  6. Despite the gray day, the photos are good. I really like the second one with the lighthouse in the background and the dogs running on the beach.
    Enjoy the visit :))
    A hug.

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    1. Laura, it's amazing how much information there is in a RAW file. I can almost turn night into day.

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  7. I'm going to go from the clips they showed on Springwatch last night and say they're probably Bottlenose Dolphins.....

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    1. Douglas, According to the Whale man they have over 180 Bottlenose, a varying population of Common Dolphin. Visiting Minkie whale and I've forgotten how many resident harbour porpoise.

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  8. Good photo of the dogs running on the beach... I also like the fog lifting. As for the dolphins I suppose I have to take your word for it ;)

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    1. Monica I'll get some better shots.

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  9. Hey I'd get excited about watching these critters. Fantastic that they come close to shore. Usually they are far out to sea. They're a challenge to photograph because the are bobbing up and down on the sea. If you're on a boat there's one more bob the put up with. I hope you have fun with this.

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    1. Red, they feed in the narrows on the flood tide. the flood brings the fish to them.

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  10. I'm so glad you got to see the dolphins!

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    1. Maria, I'm just about to go out again. It's a much brighter morning.

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  11. That's quite the place to be staying Adrian, I bet it will be hard to leave on Saturday. The picture of the dogs is a good one, made me smile, which isn't bad for 6.30am.

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    1. Gary, I've a ferry booked Monday to Lewis so will have a couple of nights in Ullapool.

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  12. The dogs really are a great couple of characters and you captured a wonderful portrait of them there.

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    1. For once they were heading towards me. Usually travelling at that speed they are heading away on some undesirable quest.

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  13. Hi Adrian I too would have been excited at seeing Dolphins but I relaly loved the shot of your 2dos. they look so happy and fun of fun. Margaret

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    1. They were here this morning in good light but miles away.

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  14. I was only watching Chanonry Point on TV the other day, and it's somewhere I've been thinking of visiting for a while. Hope you get the Dolphin shots you dream of!

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    1. Jeremy, it would either be luck or the result of weeks of work. It's worth a visit. A bit busy though.

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