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Old Sunday 4th September 2016, 11:55   #1
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Question about seawatching at Pendeen, Cornwall

In the right conditions, can some one advise where the larger shearwaters are best seen?

Silly question maybe, but when I was there (only been once), watching hundreds of shearwaters streaming past from the lighthouse, there were two lanes of bird traffic, one around and just past the three prominent rocks (pictured below), and then a lane of bird traffic a further distance out.

Which of the two lanes do most of the larger shearwaters favour?
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Old Sunday 4th September 2016, 16:51   #2
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In the right conditions, can some one advise where the larger shearwaters are best seen?

Silly question maybe, but when I was there (only been once), watching hundreds of shearwaters streaming past from the lighthouse, there were two lanes of bird traffic, one around and just past the three prominent rocks (pictured below), and then a lane of bird traffic a further distance out.

Which of the two lanes do most of the larger shearwaters favour?
Never been Nick!....perhaps wind strength and direction might be a determinant?

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A couple of weeks ago I concentrated solely on the area just behind the rocks and missed several large shears seen by others so I would guess the farther out areas are better. I was not looking for large shears however so didn't mind. I also managed to miss a pim inside the rocks from my very low position so best approach is to sit with main crowd just in front of lighthouse wall . You will see everyone once you get level with lowest point of the wall

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Thanks for your thoughts Ken, Howard.

I'm sure the wind does affect them.

Reason I ask is that the once I went - two years ago - 35 Great Shearwaters and 20 plus Cory's were recorded as seen that day.

I only managed one good view of a Great and 3 crappy, brief ones of Cory's in the buffeting, on-shore wind. Clearly I was doing something wrong, I was positioned by the wall with all the others, but only managed to get to grips with the birds around lunchtime when I moved lower down to the sea level. I'm not sure if I was looking further enough out, or whether my scope was just struggling (everyone else seemed to have Swav's).

It annoys me now, I'm not sure why I failed to get to grips with things when I was there!! (:-

Probably because I was tired, half brain dead, tired eyes etc.

I do think as Howard says, a lot of the larger shearwaters were in the second lane /wave, further out.
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Hope this helps.

cheers, alan
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