Sunday, 23 September 2007

Seen while seawatching....

Some hours have been spent gazing aimlessly out to sea recently, but occasionally something interesting comes along.

The Waverley, the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world, built in 1947 to replace the original that was lost at Dunkirk in 1940.

A Griffon 8100TD hovercraft, made in Southampton for the Swedish Amphibious Battalion.
Fitted with ballistic protection and NBC (nuclear, biological and chemical) protection, the 8100TD is powered by two Iveco water (radiator) cooled diesel engines and is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots (46 mph or 74 kms/hr). A modern day Viking, then, intent on pillaging St Margaret's Bay?

An immature Gannet, fishing close to the end of Deal Pier.

A shoal of mackerel swam close to the pier, providing bountiful catches for the fishermen, and attracting a dozen Sandwich Terns. The mackerel were rather too large for the terns, which I assume were catching smaller fish being pursued by them.

Little Gull - at the patch at Dungeness

Terns at the patch

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