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Offshore - 72.5N, 20.3E

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Old Tuesday 4th August 2020, 02:18   #1
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Offshore - 72.5N, 20.3E

Its been a while, but hello to you all.
I hope you are all well and avoiding the virus.
Currently working NW of Hammerfest, Norway on the Johan Castberg Field.
Been here 2 days now, with not much to report, Fulmars and the occasional Puffin.
Around 1 in 10 of the Fulmars are the Blue ones.
Not sure I am on any flyways here, Svalbard/Norway maybe?
Just to keep things interesting, its never dark up here, when the clouds lift we should see the Midnight sun.....
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Old Wednesday 5th August 2020, 13:18   #2
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Its been a while, but hello to you all.
I hope you are all well and avoiding the virus.
Currently working NW of Hammerfest, Norway on the Johan Castberg Field.
Been here 2 days now, with not much to report, Fulmars and the occasional Puffin.
Around 1 in 10 of the Fulmars are the Blue ones.
Not sure I am on any flyways here, Svalbard/Norway maybe?
Just to keep things interesting, its never dark up here, when the clouds lift we should see the Midnight sun.....
Looking forward to your “visitors” Offman, am sure you won’t disappoint.

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Old Saturday 8th August 2020, 18:14   #3
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Well, what can I say, not much to report, usual gang of Fulmars hanging around, the occasional Kittiwake and Puffin. This evenings highlight, a single adult Gannet.
We have been seeing whales though, usually a Humpback everyday, sometimes close, but its over so quick, only a few photos.
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Well, what can I say, not much to report, usual gang of Fulmars hanging around, the occasional Kittiwake and Puffin. This evenings highlight, a single adult Gannet.
We have been seeing whales though, usually a Humpback everyday, sometimes close, but its over so quick, only a few photos.
Keep those white lights on Offman.
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Old Wednesday 12th August 2020, 17:36   #5
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So, what with work keeping me inside most of the time, not much about, finally got a Sooty Shearwater, just a single, along with a Fin or Sei whale, still debating that one. Weather has been very calm with little or no wind and lots of fog, until this weekend of course, when were meant to be in for a blow, 6 m seas etc, so the plan is to go to shelter.
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Old Sunday 16th August 2020, 02:36   #6
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Were in Tromso for a crew change, prior to going back out for the final time.
Managed to get a Manx Shearwater, it was at range but showed white below, dark above, a single Guillemot and a Lesser Black-backed Gull.
Keeping an eye out for white winged gulls whilst were here. Plenty of Herring Gull around.
Here's some Fulmars for you all.
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Well, thats us all done, heading home, via a field 2 days to the South of us to retrieve an anchor, then onto Bergan and heading home.
Nothing new to report, I think this is my first trip with only sea birds.
Thanks for reading, and we'll see where they send me next.
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Old Monday 24th August 2020, 16:30   #8
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Thanks for writing. Good stuff as usual.

Next time maybe even more Northern site - Svalbard. (I'm not even sure is there any oil fields)
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Svalbard. (I'm not even sure is there any oil fields)
Coal, plenty, not aware of oil there - but both of those, we need like a hole in the head
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