Sunday, 3 February 2013

Birds at sea

The weekend before last the weather was wonderful and it was fantastic down at the water's edge ....


The tide was far out, and the sea calm and the bird life was making the most of these conditions.

Black-headed gull

Black-headed gull in its winter plumage
Cormorant - there were 2 one dived as the picture was taken!



 Grey Heron



Unfortunately, towards the end of last week the scene close to this area was completely different as hundreds of birds- mostly guillemots were washed up on Portland and along the south coast covered in a white sticky substance. Although 200 birds are been currently treated in animal rescue centres another 200 have been found dead see here.
 There are now concerns that this could effect other wildlife such as dolphins, sharks and seals. It is thought that the substance came from a rogue ship illegally clearing out its tanks out at sea, what a dreadful impact man's action cans sometimes have on wildlife. What a contrast this is to the pictures above.

Sarah x


  

38 comments:

  1. Hello Sarah:
    We are so very distressed to read of the harm done to so many sea birds, and possibly other sea life, through the illegal and totally thoughtless actions, yet again, of man where the natural world is concerned. Ghastly. And those poor, dead birds.

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  2. Lovely to see these birds in their natural habitat - so sad that this hasn't been respected xo

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  3. a sad story! beautiful photos.
    x

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  4. Beautiful photos Sarah, and yes so sad that people's actions have damaged the environment. I occasionally find dead birds and even little blue penguins on my beach walks, which is so sad.

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  5. Your photos are lovely. How sad about the spill from a rogue ship / tanker. Humans are virtually the only species on earth that kills / spoils for pleasure / without any consideration. I hope that the rescued birds survive.
    June

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  6. I've been really sad about this since I first read it in the news. I'd love to help rescue any of the birds washing up, but I'm too far away. I'm outraged that this could have been caused by a ship illegally clearing it's tanks. It makes me so mad that people could do such a thing and cause so much damage.

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    1. Members of the public were told that they shouldn't go near any of the birds but to contact the RSPB instead.
      Sarah x

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  7. This is an awful incident. We have many herons along our shore here, though I hope they are sheltering tonight (they sit in the trees - looks very odd!) as it is really stormy...lovely photos.

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  8. Such lovely photos then I was so sad to read what had happened a few days later.

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  9. Dear Sarah,

    You live in a beautiful place and I loved seeing the photos of the sea and birds.
    So sad though, to hear of a ship clearing out their tanks and the dreadful impact it has had on the wildlife.
    Happy new week
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  10. Such beautiful weather!!!!!! Your pictures look like summer has begun where you live. Magnificent!
    Have a lovely new week,
    Marian

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  11. I love all things SEA .. SO coming to your blog is an absolute JOY and peace and just the mood changes as I see it all.............Thanks for sharing .. LOVE< Sherry @ The Rusty Pearl

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  12. Dear Sarah - H spent much of his career in the UN agency that regulates shipping - setting laws to prevent this type of event. There has been large improvements in this area but sadly some ships still break the rules. The effects of synthetic oils on wildlife are not fully understood. Hopefully more lessons will be learnt from this.

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  13. I have been hearing about the damage to your coastline and the bird, and potentially animal, impact too. It really is sickening. Juliex

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  14. What a nice photos Sarah I like the sea very much, I like walking at the beach and make some photos to. I'm sick now but when I go out I go to the beach for fresh air and for a walk. And make some photos at the beach to. Have a nice week Sarah, lots of fun, take care.
    Greetings Petra.

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  15. Liebe kleine Meerjungfrau,
    wenn der Mensch doch endlich begreifen würde, dass wir zwar das Meer brauchen, aber umgekehrt das Meer uns nicht, wäre vieles leichter. Es gibt noch viel zu viel Verklappung auf hoher See, zu viel Müll, zu vieles wird unachtsam im Meer entsorgt. Seehunde verenden jämmerlich, weil sie Dinge schlucken, vornehmlich Plastik, die nicht in die Meere gehören, die Überfischung durch Treibnetze hat die Population des Kabeljaus beachtlich schrumpfen lassen, das Gleichgewicht der Meere, überlebenswichtig für alle Lebewesen, ist in Gefahr. Wann begreift der Mensch das endlich? Schön, dass du die Menschen daran erinnerst, das wir noch genug zu tun haben!

    Deine Bilder sind wie immer wunderschön, oh, was ist die britische Küste doch für ein wundervolles Stückchen Erde. Habe am Wochenende noch einen Film über Cornwall gesehen und ich habe spontan Sehnsucht und Reiselust bekommen, konnte förmlich das Salz in der Luft riechen, habe mich an Fish & Chips erinnert (natürlich mit Essig!!!), an das Kreischen der Möwen, das Schlagen der Wellen an den Strand, das Glitzern der Sonne über dem Horizont, Tagträume!!
    Freue mich jetzt schon über deinen nächsten Post!

    Alles Liebe Babsi

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  16. Beautiful photos Sarah, it's awful what's happened to the birds and possibly/probably other sealife. They'll probably never find out which ship it was that caused such devastation.
    I hope you have a good week though. x

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  17. What a gift to get such a nice day for an outing in the middle of winter! And how sad that just a few days later there was the tragedy of the spill. I hope they find whoever did such a thing, and that they are held responsible.

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  18. Beautiful pictures, as always Sarah....
    But so very sad, such a cruel impact on our wonderful wild life! I couldn't really bear to watch it on our news.....I hope they have rescued as many as they could...
    with kind thoughts, Maria x

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  19. I have been reading a lot about those poor birds - these stories make me very cross.You must have been quick to get that cormorant shot!

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  20. Just look at that beautiful blue sky on the 1st photo, not a cloud in sight! Your photos are beautiful Sarah. I heard about what happened on the radio, it's a shame people who do that don't realise or don't care about the harm they're doing.

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  21. wonderful place + great weather= cool shots!

    xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

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  22. Your photos are beautiful and serene Sarah.
    The weather looks really good.
    Its a beautiful spot there where you are.
    what a terrible shame about the birds.. I hope that the people responsible could be found and fined millions. Its tragic what these tankers do.
    I like your little snippet on your sidebar..written by Mark Twain.. so so true.
    happy tuesday eve Sarah.
    val xx

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  23. What wonderful pictures, very sad to hear about the birds though :(.
    Vanessa
    xxx

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  24. Hello Sarah
    Wonderful pictures of the sea birds.. I saw the dreadful story on the news..I makes me so sad that poeple do such things to our fragile planet
    Thank you for sharing
    Thea x

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  25. Your pics are stunning
    and the place looks great.

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  26. The disregard some human beings and their companies have for Mother Earth is frightening.
    Such beautiful birds, and so much sadness behind the surface.

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  27. Beautiful photos,very tender,nice colors.What a pity for the birds !Thanks for sharing
    Olympia

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  28. Lovely post the bird pictures are terrific and your blog always reminds me of my favourite county after Sussex (if it wasn`t for the hills and my aged joints it would be Dorset)all the best David

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  29. I too love seabirds and was so upset by the scenes of the spill.
    Mindless idiots if it was done on purpose.

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  30. I can't do better than echo Jessica's words ... it never ceases to amaze me what people will do without a care for it's impact on the natural world.

    Beautiful images of those lucky unaffected birds Sarah :)

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  31. Beautiful Heron - I love it when I spot one by the shore. What a shame that some people just don't respect wildlife and nature. All this 'dumping' of substances everywhere in the sea and on land - usually to save on money and profits. We get so much rubbish (mainly plastics) washed up on our beach by the cottage after the winter - I have to do my own beach clean up come March x

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  32. GOOD MORNING PRECIOUS SARAH and little Daisy!

    I somehow missed this post!!! HOW COULD I? I love the sea, BIRDS, little Daisy, and your wonderful stories with pictures my dear.

    Thank you kindly for your visit last night! I must keep a closer watch on my blog roll! Anita

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  33. Hi Sarah,

    Thanks for your visit to me today.
    You asked about our public holidays that we have here in NZ - Anzac day is coming up on the 25th April, then Queens birthday in June and then another holiday, Labour weekend in October.
    Always great to have a holiday.

    hugs
    Carolyn

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  34. Hello Sarah,

    What a sad tale! Those poor birds left to deal with the consequences of man's bad judgement.

    I sat gazing at that beautiful heron perched on the glossy seaweed. Each time I visit here I am transported back to my days of living by the sea. I can almost smell it.

    I hope you are all doing well.

    Stephanie

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  35. Your photo are so pretty then you mention how man has again hurt nature and living things – it’s so terrible and a crime really. It would be good if they could find out which ship did this.

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  36. Your sea bird photos are beautiful. The chemical spill is a tragedy for the seabirds and the whole marine ecology along our coast. I truly hope that they find the ship that did this, but I don`t hold out much hope....... Words fail at the thoughtlessness of some human beings.

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  37. What lovely pictures. So sad about the pollution. I hope they find the culprits! xx

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