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Go on Lundy Island he said! We'll see lots of Seals and Puffins and stuff he said! Yes I said! What James had actually booked was a dingy trip that goes around Lundy for four hours and not on Lundy. Great I said you haven't thought this through have you.
We arrived at Ilfracombe harbour and I was very skeptical all along. Four hours going around an island in the Bristol Chanel wasn't my idea of fun. For a start its never warm on the sea. Far too much breeze even on a good day. For another thing the bloody boat sorry dingy will be bobbing up and down so much we're going to get nothing but blurry birds and cliffs. It had disaster written all over it. Reminiscent of the caravan scene in father Ted where they think their in a nice big 10 berth beauty the man pointed at a very nice large white beast and said thats her. He meant the little yellow one behind it
So we boarded and set off. Just to mention I, as usual, was fully equipped with coat and top and stout boots James on the other hand was in tee shirt shots and flip-flops. Good old James ever the optimist!
How wrong I was about all this. The sea was dead calm, the boat was as steady as a rock and the views amazing. Even when we were doing the forty five minute sail direct to the island it was amazing to see the white clouds mixed with the faint mist onto the grey calm flat sea. We even saw a Porpoise fin from afar. Gradually the number of Guillemots looking slightly bemused as we passed them in the water increased and the island appeared out of the gloom. This is arguably the best way to see the wildlife as your above the cliffs and far from the shore if you land. We were in the thick of it amongst the locals.
Grey Seal comin' atcha
Herring v Oyster Catcher
Greater Black Back Gull
See what I mean about the light?
I have to say the driver erm pilot erm skipper erm admiral erm Captain Pugwash and his able seaman were very informative about the island showing us various points of interest such as shipwrecks and mile markers along the cliffs. We gently bobbed along with ample time to snap away at anything we fancied. All done in a very friendly and casual manner.
I do like a Razor Bill
Shags and a Cormorant
Fulmars are really difficult but I love them. They have that 'Raptor' feel about them especially when they fly
And the one we were all waiting for peoples favourite the Puffin
Lots of them about mostly trying to avoid the boat
The surprise of the day was a Kittiwake which was nice
Nice example of a Bridled and unbridled Guillemot
Puffins thousands of them everywhere
Nice view but you're in the wrong place mate
Rock formations were cool
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Only a few Gannets around which was a tad disappointing as I would liked to have got some diving.
The resident goats having a graze
And with a "That was Lundy folks" we turned and headed for home having circumnavigated the entire island and taken a good tow hours about it. It seamed like a few minutes. Only one thing left to see and that was of course the........
Dolphin! Well it looked like one from afar
So the EFRS would like to give a big thank you to the folks at www.ilfracombeseasafari.co.uk We would highly recommend them folks. Well worth the money and they really enjoy their job. We even got a bit of a blast as we headed into harbour. Skipper opened her up and gave us a thrill ride for a minute or two just to round things off.
James: To be honest my pictures are almost identical to Andrew's! But never mind here are a few which are a bit different...
These are to obvious to describe
After all Andrews moaning. He ended up loving it.