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Post 187
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Yes okay Howard.
The pics are a dover.uk.com/doverforum exclusive so will be fine on the wildlife thread.
There is a bit of a story behind those. About 7 or 8 years ago when they were taken several newspapers wanted them and a national press agent rang me up too. Not entirely sure why..perhaps there was a shortage of wildlife pictures those days, there are plenty nowadays, or maybe it was the fact that the seal was actually on Dover Beach. Fairly unheard of before or since although you do occasionally see one swimming around but never on the beach.

The original full size pictures are lost. An awful MESh computer which was relatively new collapsed completely and without warning. Whatever happened to MESH..they were awful. Gone and I can understand why. I always had American brand computers before and now since...my one mistake was MESH.

Friday, 18 October 2013 - 07:52
 
Post 186
  howard mcsweeney, Dover
i am going to have to lift those 2 great photos paul, a must for the "wildlife sightings" thread.

Thursday, 17 October 2013 - 19:07
 
Post 185
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Howard..Yes it is truly extraordinary how they get it all to work. Looking at the trucks.. well they remind you of a train, with a never ending line of coaches. It never stops. It is particularly noticeable in deep mid winter how it all hangs together..how they get it all to work then is amazing , but they do.

Jan yes indeed i mentioned the seal in a post below a day or so ago and here she is. I just assume its a she somehow... was certainly more than surprised early one morning several years ago to see this delightful creature stretched out on the beach right here below my window in central Dover...fab.
Nodding off !!Smiley
Aware now that I'm there. Was very careful not to disturb so withdrew at that point. LovelySmiley Pictures copyright PB.


Thursday, 17 October 2013 - 16:21
 
Post 184
  howard mcsweeney, dover
that photo taken from the cliffs sums up dover port, nose to tail traffic with loads more trucks waiting to board.

somehow it all goes like clockwork, unless there are problems in france the ferries leave and arrive on time and there are very rarely any serious hold ups.

a triumph of organisation and a credit to all those who work in the port.

Thursday, 17 October 2013 - 15:12
 
Post 183
  JanT, Dover
It is always good to know these exercises take place. When crossing the channel safety may not be in the forefront of ones mind when your heading for sunny climes.
Gosh yes it would be really good to see the seal pics again, we never think that we would see these animals in our watersSmiley

Thursday, 17 October 2013 - 12:24
 
Post 182
  PaulB, Dover

THE PORT : KEEPING US SAFESmiley

Emergency services and key agencies from across Kent will take part in a major emergency exercise next month at the Port of Dover.

Staff from various organisations, volunteers and specialist equipment will be seen in action at Europe’s busiest ferry port on Saturday 9th November dealing with a marine incident. The exercise will commence mid-Channel with an incident on a ferry heading for Dover. This will allow multi-agency emergency procedures to be extensively tested.

The Port will remain open throughout the exercise, which is being organised by the Port of Dover, the Kent Resilience Forum and a number of other partners as one of a number of significant exercises planned to examine multi-agency planning and preparedness at this critical UK gateway.

Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: "Responsible for over 12-13 million passengers, almost 5 million vehicles and £80 billion of trade each year, such exercises are vital to ensuring that we can effectively and professionally deal with potential incidents in the best way possible for our customers and for UK plc. Working with our partners in Kent is extremely important to us and crucial to the resilience of our operations. We take the safety and security of the Port and our customers very seriously and such exercises are an essential part of that. I would very much like to thank all our business partners for their assistance."

P&O Ferries is providing a vessel in order that the exercise can be run as realistically as possible. Kent Police will be working together with Port of Dover Police in responding to the mock incident. Dover District Council will take responsibility for a Survivor Reception Centre in a nearby area to look after the affected customers (played by volunteers).

Nadeem Aziz, Chief Executive of Dover District Council said: "We are very pleased to be actively involved in this important exercise, and to be supporting this major partnership project. It is vital for the success of the Port and its role in both the immediate community and the wider district that we work effectively together and stay prepared."


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Still enjoying the wildlife report and pictures below. My only encounter with wildlife was on the beach below my window here on Dover seafront. Gazing out one morning sleepy eyed..expecting to see the usual bits of seaweed or the odd seagull and there she was...a seal nestling on said beach. Still in dressing gown I ran down and approached the beach slowly to get a few pix. I will try and dig them out later...about 6 or 7 years ago now.

PS: the top picture in this post was taken yesterday in the early sun..twas a lovely day up on the cliffs.
However would have ideally needed a helicopter for a bit more elevation Smiley....as in second pic shown.
This second picture immediately above was from DHB previously.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 - 08:49
 
Post 181
  JanT, Dover
Wow Ed the email made Really interesting reading, had not realised any of that happened and along with the great pictures.Smiley
Just goes to show that when we cross the channel nature is all around us, and sometimes we just don't realise it.Smiley

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 - 11:47
 
Post 180
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Gosh! marvellous stuff there Ed.. both article and pictures. A huge well done to Graham Ekins. Great shots! I had no idea re wildlife. Have only been to Dunkerque the once, this year it was, to see the Tall Ships but loved it there. Its a real mixture of everything..will definitely be going again.

GrahamSmiley

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 - 10:51
 
Post 179
  Ed Connell, Dover
These are the photos copyright Graham Ekins which accompanied the article below:

Short-beaked common dolphin


Short-beaked common dolphins


Gannet


Kittiwakes on Dover Harbour wall


Tuesday, 15 October 2013 - 10:28
 
Post 178
  Ed Connell, Dover
We often get British and French naturalists travelling who observe the birds and sea creatures from the Bridge. Here is an interesting email just received:

MARINElife blog: DFDS vessel Dover Seaways

Dover - Dunkirk 5th October 2013

Weather: Eastbound: Force 1-3, E-NNW with light, high cloud and some slight haze;
Westbound: Force 1-2, NNW clear with light, high cloud and a slight haze

Some fascinating and surprising sightings of both dolphins and birdlife were among the highlights of a very busy survey.

After a trouble-free drive down to Dover from Essex I met Jack at Dover station and then drove to the DFDS terminal. In just a few minutes we were enjoying a coffee while waiting to board the DFDS Dover Seaways. Once on board we had a very enjoyable lunch in the staff canteen before joining Captain Daniel Cook and officers on the bridge where we were made very welcome. As we left Dover harbour we were able to see the first of many Gannet and a flock of mainly adult Kittiwake feeding a few hundred metres from the breakwater.

A few minutes later we had views of the first of eight Harbour Porpoise. Viewing conditions were ideal with little wind and a lightly overcast sky. Mid-channel we had a Balearic Shearwater closely followed by a Great Skua, both heading steadily south.
Then about 500m ahead we saw a small group of seabirds circling with a Great Black-backed Gull on the sea. This was the first sign of a feeding group of cetaceans. As we moved closer to them we realised that they were four Short-beaked Common Dolphin, a rare sight on this survey route. They swam towards the ship before diving into the depths.

As we turned north a few kms off the French coast we had the first of 140 Common Scoter migrating south. Some of these birds may winter as far south as the shallow waters off the north-west African coast. We also came across several small groups of adult Little Gull their grey underwings clearly visible in the excellent light conditions. Close to Dunkirk harbour we passed an adult Pomarine Skua still with tail spoons closely followed by a juvenile Arctic Skua, an Arctic Tern and several Sandwich Tern. All of these birds were heading determinedly south. We also had several views of Harbour Porpoise and a Common Seal before we entered the dock.

Once the Dover Seaways had docked we went out on deck to check the harbour with the use of a telescope. On the southern side of the dock we saw 35 Great Crested Grebe, some were still in summer plumage. The number of Cormorant had decreased from the previous month, presumably as this continental sinensis race are highly migratory and many had left for wintering grounds in southern Europe and north Africa. We were surprised to see 155 waders of five species, the most common were 100 Dunlin and most unexpected were three Bar-tailed Godwit and eight Sanderling. Close to the ship were a Stonechat, a few Starling and several Jackdaw.

As we left Dunkirk harbour four Meadow Pipit briefly flew alongside while a superb male Peregrine Falcon passed the bridge before heading south, presumably a northern migrant. As we travelled south parallel with the French coast we saw two Razorbilll and a Guillemot while several more Little Gull passed the ship. By mid-channel the number of Gannet heading south had greatly increased, a high proportion of which were brown juveniles. We also saw several more Great Skua, adult Great Black-backed Gull and four Little Gull heading steadily south-west.

After finishing the recording we thanked Captain Daniel Cook and his officers for their excellent hospitality and interest in what we had been seeing on the survey. We would like to thank DFDS for providing continued support for this important survey route.
Graham Ekins and Jack Allum, MARINElife Research Surveyor (Registered Charity No. 1110884)

Cetaceans

Harbour Porpoise 8
Short-beaked Common Dolphin 4
Common Seal 1

Seabirds

Common Scoter 135
Gannet 152
Cormorant 124
Great Crested Grebe 35
Balearic Shearwater 1
Great Skua 8
Pomarine Skua 1
Parasitic (Arctic) Skua 1
Black-headed Gull 34
Common Gull 12
Herring Gull 74
Lesser Black-backed Gull 13
Great Black-backed Gull 61
Kittiwake 73
Arctic Tern 1
Sandwich Tern 6
Guillemot 2
Razorbill 2

Birds recorded in Dunkirk Harbour

Redshank 2
Bar-tailed Godwit 3
Oystercatcher 45
Dunlin 100
Sanderling 8
Stonechat 1
Starling 10
Jackdaw 9
Magpie 1
Woodpigeon 2

Land birds recorded from ship

Meadow Pipit 4
Peregrine Falcon 1


Tuesday, 15 October 2013 - 02:01
 
Post 177
  PaulB, Dover
No sooner has Esmerelda moved out when the Lady Racisce moves in..I tell you..all these females, whats a chap to do. Smiley A very busy cargo terminal these days, thats for sure. You can see the Lady approaching in the picture above, still a good way out behind the DFDS Dunkerque Seaways.
Yes its a tough game that Howard..in all weathers and in the dead of night at times.

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 16:25
 
Post 176
  howard mcsweeney, dover
great picures from ed, i have given up on the after dark stuff - read the camera handbook and still no decent results.

looking further down i wouldn't like to be in one of those pilot ships when they are so close to a monolith in choppy seas.

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 12:38
 
Post 175
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Great work with the new camera there Ed, totally atmospheric. They came out extremely well considering it was a late nighter. Smiley
Familiar friend The Braemar is in today..still working hard. Just the occasional Fred Olsen ship coming now on the cruise front.

Monday, 14 October 2013 - 07:48
 
Post 174
  Ed Connell, Dover
Cargoship Esmeralda preparing to depart from the Dover Cargo Terminal last night. Nothing special but thought I would try out my new camera at night and it turns out that it produces useable images without having to know any clever stuff about apertures and what not.





Monday, 14 October 2013 - 04:32
 
Post 173
  JanT, Dover
Our weather certainly has changed and we see the sun less and less this time of the year, but these cargo ships travel up and down the channel in all kinds of weather.

Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 19:09
 
Post 172
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
You dont need me to tell you that it has been a stinker of a day weatherwise. Pouring down in grim style all day long today sunday.
But..and the Hallelujah Chorus rang out.. a ray of weak sunshine managed to make it through the gloom a few minutes ago and painted the Dubai Attraction in a wee bit of a glow. I wouldnt say it was blinding sunlight or anything like that but there she is above anyway.
As you can see she is still here and has turned round, presumably on the tide or... since the last picture of it a few posts down.
In the foreground you can just see the Coral Water creeping into shot.

Although the weather has been turbulent it does present the odd photo moment.


Sunday, 13 October 2013 - 17:05
 
Post 171
  PaulB, Dover (dover7@msn.com)
Thanks guys all round - great information as ever.
As promised here are a few pictures of one of these passing ships, pix taken the day before yesterday. We caught a bit of late afternoon sun just off Dover so I grabbed the opportunity while I could...ermm made hay while the sun shone !
It's a ship called the Elbfeeder, by the sound of the name it is probably German and it was en route to Dublin with a hazardous cargo I believe.

First shots show her coming into view as it were..

and now below.. the local small launch approaching Elbfeeder in difficult seas..

and a closer crop of the same picture..

This tricky operation to get the pilots off continued throughout the day yesterday with various ships and even at 10.30pm last night when some of us were thinking of curling up in a warm bed, a similar operation was going on with another ship out there in difficult conditions, and of course in the dead of night.

Smiley

Saturday, 12 October 2013 - 08:52
 
Post 170
  Ed Connell, Dover
The Dubai Attraction was making a scheduled call for the harbour patrol launch to take a surveyor out to her, and later return him ashore. Looks like the surveying is taking longer than expected!

As Kevin says, the other ships are just dropping pilots who have been overcarried from North Sea ports as the weather was too bad for them to leave the ships after departure.

Saturday, 12 October 2013 - 07:44
 
Post 169
  ColetteB, Dover
As there's quite a gap between cruise ships at this time of year I thought I would remind everyone that this coming Monday 14th we see the Braemar return & then a few days later, on Saturday 19th the Black Watch returns to our port. Let's hope that the dreaded Norovirus did not return during this latest trip. Nothing then until Nov 5th.

Amazing Photo MrB of the Calais Sugar refinery sparkling 'shine bright like a diamond in the sky' Freaky backlighting for sure!!!

I bet those guys replacing the all so important lightbulb have never even heard of vertigo! Smiley

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 17:40
 
Post 168
  Kevin Charles, Dover, Kent
I believe most of the ships coming in close to shore are dropping off carry over pilots from the Thames who have been unable to leave or join their ships due to the weather conditions. Not sure what the crude oil tanker is doing as she is actually anchored. Perhaps a technical problem?

Friday, 11 October 2013 - 16:11
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