Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Odyan Bay survey: a looong day….

August 2, 2015.

In the morning we set off at the beginning of high tide, so that we can survey the shallow part of the Odyan Bay during high tide.  At this point we had left the filming crew behind. The reserve’s boat was to pick them up, and they had to complete the trip to the Yamskiye island. Our task was the eagle survey. The weather was tolerable, but we had to move fast in order to travel within the eye of a cyclone. We saw a rain wall forming behind and ahead of us.

The southern part of the Odyan Bay experienced an exceptional herring run in early spring.  The clip below shows the herring at the coast of the Kalkuty creek. A similarly large run of herring was reported from the Ola Bay.

Interestingly, there were no active nest on the southern coast of the Odyan bay. We noted only 2 occupied territories. A number of new Kittiwake and Slaty-backed gulls colonies were also noted on rocks, which were not used by these species before.

The weather was tolerable, but we were surrounded by several weather systems.

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