Friday, 24 February 2012

Sou'westerly 8!

It has been hard going so far. We have been deploying our sea gear in a south-westerly Beaufort F8 gale for the best part of 3 days. The ship has been rolling heavily and everyone onboard is suffering from the effects of poor sleep and a general feeling of fatigue. To make matters worse I have not seen a feather in 3 days! Near unbelievable but not that surprising considering the mass of white waves and 4-5 metre swell. Have not had so much fun since doing my BTO upland winter tetrads, during two of which I also failed to see a single bird!!

Things are improving today however with the wind dropping away, the sea settling down and visibility improving..........

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