The Tern of the Tide

Warmer by about 20 degrees C than our last trip to The Skerries in January, a Sp tide and calm seas made for a superb day around Carmel Head and then out to The Skerries from Harry Furlough's / Furlong's (?) rocks.
From Church Bay, we rounded Carmel head against the start of the ebb, enjoying some tricky rock hopping en route...
...and then a gentle surf off Carmel Head as the flow began to pick up.
Approaching Harry Furlough's rocks before starting the crossing: a giant ferry glide completed with the tide running at around 6kn. 
On the usual crazy bearing, we were swept past both Victoria Bank and Coal Rock, to land beneath the imposing lighthouse...
...amidst an incredible number of Arctic and Common Terns.
Acrobatic...
...and graceful...
...I watched their staccato flight from beneath the lighthouse...
...while others succumbed to the strong sun above.
Heading up to the northern end of The Skerries to start the crossing to Carmel Head, the tide is still running swiftly but without the immense power of our outward journey.
One of many Grey seals watches us pass, leaving this island outpost of North Wales to the terns and the tide.

Comments

MaryMaryQC said…
excellent photos Wil.
What camera do u have?
M
Will Herman said…
Hi Mary - thanks for your comment. I use two: an Olympus E420 from the boat (i.e. a relatively basic/cheaper DSLR), with a plastic zip lock bag around the controls to stop salt water drips - almost exclusively used with the 40mm - 150mm lens; and a Nikon D90 which I keep in a dry bag in the boat. Still not a full size sensor but expensive enough not to be able to justify risking it while afloat...
Cheers
Will
Ian said…
Great shots as usual will, love the first Tern image in particular
Kind Regards
Odin Hestholm said…
Nice pictures. Black and white is effectfull!