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Some unexpected visitors

23 May 2011

Not seen a boat for a week.  Constant gales battering the island for almost two weeks now - mostly the wrong direction to bring in interesting bird species, but some unusual things do turn up...

Like these Goose barnacles (sometimes called gooseneck barnacles), which are filter-feeding crustaceans that live attached to hard surfaces of rocks and flotsam in the ocean intertidal zone.  Normally found in warmer waters and in just a few sites on the south coast of Britain, these were spotted clinging to the rope attached to an errant bouy washed up by the jetty.

Goose Barnacles (Lepas anatifera)

Goose Barnacles (Lepas anatifera)
 

Someone else in the wrong place – this homing pigeon!

 Any port in a storm

 Any port in a storm......

Pete Holden – (Temporary Ranger – also marooned here, not that I mind!)



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