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Common Dolphin..
« on: August 01, 2011, 06:15:44 am »
Don't let Common fool you. They are not as common as they used to be, but this one has been hanging about in Vidlin Voe for the past weeks, it seems to favour just off the Salmon cages..

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I just got home from the Dolphin, and got a call from Mark, he was watching a Basking Shark in Firths Voe, just round the corner from where I live.. unfortunatly I did'nt see it.. oh for a new pair o eyes. lol ..

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Re: Common Dolphin.. its still with us..
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011, 08:36:18 am »
The Common Dolphin is still at Vidlin Voe, it was very active yesterday, it did a lot of jumping and tail walking while I was there..

I fitted my 1.4x onto my 500mm lens, making it into a 700mm/ manual focus, as the Dolphin was really far away.. unfortunatly I could only take pics in a southerly direction making the pics look gloomy..

Common Dolphin..











Tail walking.







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Re: Common Dolphin..It may be gone for good..
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011, 06:39:36 pm »
I watched the common dolphin for a few hours today, I set up my camera on the banks [on the tripod] took my folding stool, midge net [ and boy, I was glad of it ] The dolphin started in the first hour quite slowly only jumping a few times. then it seemed to come awake, and was doing all sorts of acrobatic jumps, swimming on its back and tail walking, it was wonderful to watch it. then at 1500 hours it left the voe following the oot skeeries ferry, then veered left into the sea proper.. so i don't know if it'll be back or not, Julie Redpath and I watched it do the same thing last week, but it came back from the voes mouth, but not this time.. anyway, you'll be wanting the pics I took today. lol ..















Leaving Vidlin Voe, the wake in the top of the pic. is of the ferry..



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Re: Common Dolphin..
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011, 07:00:46 pm »
How brilliant!  You can see its eye there George.  Bet he was spying on you too! ;D

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Re: Common Dolphin..
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2011, 07:10:54 pm »
They were all taken in manual focus as it was so far away, i used my 1.4x on my 500mm lens= so that gave me 700mm. i was surprized they came out so well Lynne.. Well done on your rams, they swept the board at the sheep show.. 

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Re: Common Dolphin.. 16th August 2011
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011, 06:12:38 am »
I watched the common dolphin for three hours yesterday, it kept going to the sea, It did it three or four times in the three hours I was there.. Just wish I could get a lift in a boat out to the salmon station, this would get me closer to the dolphin..

Anyway this is the pics I took yesterday, it was again very acrobatic, with jumping, swimming on its back, tailwalking and every time it went back to the sea, it jumped clear of the surface every 50 yds.



















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Re: Common Dolphin..
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2011, 06:39:03 am »
More pics of the common dolphin taken on the 16th..















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Re: Common Dolphin..19th. August 2011.
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2011, 06:46:00 pm »
With many thanks to James MacDonald who arranged the boat trip and Robert Isbister and Steve Pottinger, the boat crew.. and Scottish Sea Farms, who allowed me to visit the cages..





















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