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We have updated our Sea Kayaking Donegal website photo gallery  with mostly pictures from our 2020 sea kayak tours. I hope the new gallery shows the diverse nature of our sea kayaking tours and what we offer, with the different environments along the Donegal coast and Islands that we get to travel to and paddle in.

Here’s hoping that we will have some great Atlantic sea conditions and some good settled weather for this years 2021 season. Happy new year and we hope to catch up with you out there soon!

James & Angela.

I managed to sneak over to one of our main Donegal headlands just as lock down was coming to an end.  I was pleasantly surprised to see so many summer visitors who have flocked to our shores and have taken up residence along the cliffs for the summer. Thousands of sea birds.

It’s hard to remember seeing such big numbers of nesting birds along the cliffs so it just might be a bumper year for them. The main type of sea birds nesting at this site are Northan Fulmar, common Guillemonts, Shag’s, Cormorants,  hundreds of Razorbills and the odd stray Puffin.

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Luckily I did manage to get some snaps with the long lens from the sea kayak but not along the main cliffs as they were to exposed to the wind and it was impossible to keep position or stay upright holding the camera for long. The GoPro footage below gives a better idea of the number of birds flying about the place. I hope to get back out there  again a few more times before the summer is out to see and experience this amazing spectral again.

James.

By putting together my knowledge of grey seal pupping sites with Conor’s degree in Zoology from NUI Galway, we were able to get our research notes published in this years edition of The Irish Naturalist Journal  https://irishnaturalistsjournal.org/ 

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Entrance to a well sheltered grey seal breeding site

Little is known about the grey seal cryptic breeding sites dotted along the Donegal coastline and accompanying offshore Islands, and Conor and I thought it was about time that we changed that. Cryptic grey seal habitats are obscure sites (sea caves in this case) that are very difficult to access and observe, and as a consequence, are often missed altogether during seal population surveys. It has been reported that up to 45% of all seal pups birth are from cave sites,( Stringell et al.) so our research could provide valuable unsampled data.  

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Seal pup development at a cryptic site

We have so far identified several cryptic grey seal sites along the Donegal coastline, and we’re looking forward to investigating and researching all these sites in the future. Hopefully, we’ll be able to produce some more useful data soon! 

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Navigating through a dark sea cave

 

Sunny Winter Surf

Winter can be the best part of the year for kayak surfing on the Atlantic coast of Donegal, below is some footage from a November kayak surf at a completely deserted Dooey beach. Not only is the sun shining but the water temperature is pretty good and some nice waves coming into the beach.