Today we saw 6 or 7 glorious breaches and this was the best your fearless photographer could do. I just kept being in the wrong spot in the boat. One of those days. But I had a thoroughly enjoyable (if frustrating) time and got a plethora of lovely whale tail shots.
But firstly, while waiting at the dock a pair of ospreys flew to the mast of a boat moored nearby, a nice little bonus! The first one on got the good perch and the other bird had a frustrating time trying to balance and eventually flew off, in disgust, I imagine!
This whale was breaching right by Cook Island, just off Fingal.
The next shots are of a whale who seemed to be having (ahem) a whale of a time. He tail slapped so vigourously and at least 20 or 25 times – just over, and over, and over again. I have about 30 shots.
Nicki, the whale expert on board – she is a marine biologist who has studied humpbacks all over the world – assured us this next view showed he is a male. I’ll take her word for it!
We left this guy then and saw a few more, with one excellent shot resulting.
I do have some more for editing but these are the outstanding ones.