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  1. Offman

    53-18 N, 001-23 E, Off Great Yarmouth,

    Were currently in transit from Great Yarmouth to Haugesund, Norway, 56.9065 N, 004.0372 E, for the next project. Today's surprise is an adult Oystercatcher. Nearest land, Norway at 205Km, UK 360Km.
  2. Offman

    53-18 N, 001-23 E, Off Great Yarmouth,

    A single adult Guillemot with its juvenile some 30Km off the coast seen yesterday evening
  3. Offman

    53-18 N, 001-23 E, Off Great Yarmouth,

    Weather continues to be good, occasional LBBG & GBBG, every morning and evening we get a visit from a crowd of Juv and adult Kittiwakes, I'm guessing they probably nest on the Gas Platforms out here, like they do in the Irish Sea.
  4. Offman

    53-18 N, 001-23 E, Off Great Yarmouth,

    Hi Folks, for a complete change I'm back in the N. Sea, weathers nice, not much to report, Gannet, Kittiwake and Fulmar
  5. Offman

    Offshore Ghana

    So its 01:50 here, watching a gang of around 20 Black terns feeding in the light of the flare stack, and suddenly in amongst them an Adult White-tailed Tropicbird, been trying to photograph it, but my camera is struggling against all the light from the flare, trying a paper cup over the lens to...
  6. Offman

    Offshore Ghana

    Picked up some Black Terns last night, feeding in the light from the FPSOs flare stack, wind has swung to the South, so we shall see....
  7. Offman

    Offshore Ghana

    Hello All, I hope you are all safe and well. So here we are, 04-35-40 N, 002-54-26 W, some 60Km off the coast. We finally arrived on location this morning after 4 flights, a weeks quarantine and 5 Covid tests just to make damn sure no-one brought it on board the vessel, Polar Onyx. No idea what...
  8. Offman

    Offshore Portugal

    So, very unexpectedly, end of project. Were all going home tomorrow, with a PCR test of course. Not much else to report, fingers crossed my next report will be from Taiwan at the end of the month. We shall see, take care and be safe .
  9. Offman

    Offshore Portugal

    Chiff Chaff yesterday, very quiet otherwise, usual Gulls and Gannets, we have light Northerlys for the moment, wind does not look like it will come from the south until Thursday.
  10. Offman

    Offshore Portugal

    So, I sent an email to SPEA with my observation of the Gannet corpses, in the meantime, yesterday ended up with a House Martin and a Red-rumped Swallow.
  11. Offman

    Offshore Portugal

    No the sun is up, Grey Wagtail, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Yellow Legged Gull, Barn Swallow
  12. Offman

    Offshore Portugal

    Good Morning Folks, So, back at sea, some 17km off the coast not far from Porto doing some cable works. Gannet is a regular sighting, also picked up a Swallow yesterday. Approaching our work location, I saw a dark bird with what looked like a bit of debris, as we got closer it became a Great...
  13. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    So fingers crossed I start my journey home tomorrow, all the best to you all, keep safe and thanks for looking in.
  14. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    So there was me saying that there is not much around, and then this happened. Out of nowhere this lot appeared, thousands of Cory's and Black Terns. It would appear that they stay pretty much together roaming around. There has been days and days of nothing, then this. By dusk, back to nothing again.
  15. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    Were back in the heart of the field, picked up Cory's Shearwater and more Black Terns, on the wet side of things, Dolphins, Manta Rays and Hammerhead sharks.
  16. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    A Storm Petrel came to visit last night, did a few circuits of our deck, then back into the night, saw a large gull at long range so no id. It continues to be very quiet, bird wise, out here.
  17. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    Good Evening, and a Happy New year to you all. So its been very quiet out here, just the very occasional Black Tern. But Yesterday this large swallow came by, briefly. I grabbed my camera, took it outside and it misted up immediately, and this was all I got. It was pale brown above, white below...
  18. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    Picked up Great Shearwater and a Pomerine Skua this morning, we were sailing into Luanda, but we were still around 50 miles off the coast.
  19. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    So now I have the Ternsn id'd, its spot the odd one out time, and crashing into the middle of a tern feeding frenzy came an Atlantic Petrel, initially thought it was a Shearwater, got all the id marks, matched none of them, but matched the petrel perfectly. Happy days.
  20. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    Hi Nutcracker, Yup, Juv Black Terns, Many Thanks. Got some video and more photo's today, sadly I can't upload, we are very rationed on our WiFi.
  21. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    Hi Folks, Really struggling with this one, flock was around a 100 birds, this is my best shot, I should of said, they're bigger than Storm Petrel, but smaller than a Kittiwake.
  22. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    Hi Pbjosh, so were more or less stationary in position, 07.703 S, 011.786 E, that was a flying distance to get to Luanda
  23. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    Good Afternoon, so after umpteen thousands of miles, 2 weeks in quarantine, a 6 hour journey in a water taxi I finally arrived on board. First bird on my list, a Feral Pigeon, oh well. It appears very quiet out here, so we shall see.
  24. Offman

    Offshore - Angola

    Hello again Folks, well here we are, day 9 of a 14 day quarantine prior to joining the 'Maersk Involver' for a 4 week trip. We are going to be around 150Km from the coast in water 15-1800m deep. In the Hotel Presidente, on the 19th floor!, managed to pick up a few locals, but I'm very high...
  25. Offman

    Offshore - 61-20.4N, 003-57.7E

    Hi Folks, Back home now, weather was bad last few days, but still the Redwings were passing. As a welcome home, got a Fieldfare in my garden Cheers to you all, stay safe
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