Since Saturday I've been on a whale spotting trip with the Company of Whales.
The trip took place on the Pride of Bilbao, a ferry which sails between Portsmouth and Spain.
The top deck there, above the bridge, is where we (a group of roughly 30) were situated for the trip – it makes a great platform for spotting. Many other spotters were lined up and down the sides of the ship though. I've never seen so many spotting scopes and cameras in one place!
It was a great trip, and there were many sightings of a variety of different species. From my perspective, I have to admit it was a little frustrating - the vast majority of the whales we saw were well out of range for photographing. That's not to say that nothing passed close to the boat though!
These are Short Beaked Common Dolphins -
Another whale (a Fin Whale, I think) passed very close indeed – and I completely failed to photograph it – bugger.
This weekend it's a photography course with Chris Weston – big cats.