The amazing antics of Aberdeen's bottlenose dolphins have been captured on camera this spring by staff, volunteers and visitors to RSPB Dolphinwatch.
The dolphins have been snapped leaping, lobtailing [note 1] and riding the bow waves of ships as they come in and out of the harbour from the vantage point at Torry Battery.
Budding photographers can get top tips for photographing the dolphins and other wildlife in the area during two nature photography walks being lead by Alan Belton as part of the Energetica Summer Festival.
Lydia Tague is RSPB Scotland's Membership and Engagement Officer. She said: "The response that we've had at the battery has been phenomenal - people love the dolphins! And of course they provide a fantastic opportunity to put your photography skills to the test!"
Meeting at RSPB Dolphinwatch in the Torry Battery car park, participants on the photography walks will explore the coast with Alan, while discussing different techniques for taking engaging wildlife pictures. The first walk is at 2 pm this Sunday (22 May) and there is a second opportunity on 19 June at 1 pm. Both walks are free but spaces are limited and booking is required. For more information visit rspb.org.uk/aberdeen or http://energetica.uk.com/festival2016.
Visitors to RSPB Dolphinwatch are also being encouraged to share their photos on social media to help showcase Aberdeen's amazing dolphins. When people visit the RSPBNorthEastScotland facebook page from a desktop or laptop computer, they will see a dedicated tab where they can 'share their Dolphinwatch stories' [note 2]. RSPB Scotland hopes that this will allow potential visitors to get a feel of what to expect from a visit and for folk further away to get a glimpse of the must-see wildlife spectacle that draws visitors to Torry Battery each year.
RSPB Scotland's Dolphinwatch team will be at Torry Battery from 11am-6pm on Thursday to Sunday every week, from now until 14 August. They will be equipped with binoculars and telescopes and plenty of enthusiasm and expertise to help visitors get the best experience possible. There will also be a range of special events including walks, rocky shore rambles and beach cleans throughout the project. For more information call 01224 624824, email Dolphinwatch@rspb.org.uk or find them on facebook and twitter [note 3].
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1. Lobtailing is a term used to describe tail slapping: a whale or dolphin will lift its fluke out of the water and then bring in down onto the surface of the water making a loud noise.
2. Click here to see the Share your Dolphinwatch story tab https://www.facebook.com/RSPBNorthEastScotland/app/1548319191946611/
4. RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.