The Grimaldi Line

A frequent sight are the comings and goings in and out of Royal Portbury Dock of the Grimaldi car transporters. These “chunky” vessels In their distinctive yellow livery brighten up even the dullest of days.

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Arriving just before dawn the lights of a tug lit up the starboard (right side) of the Gran Bretagna, one of the Grimaldi fleet. The beautiful call of the curlews rang out as they flew past, still too dark to see them the sound was even more magical in the half light. I could just make out the telltale sign of a family of roe deer, 3 pairs of ears silhouetted above the salt marsh.

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As the light increased I could make out a large flock of dunlin flying past.

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As flocks of dunlin and ringed plover flew past.

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Picking up a tug by the middle buoy in the company of a small flock of wigeon . . .

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Making a colourful backdrop for the large flocks of teal which gather here in winter.

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. . . and being led past the lighthouse into Royal Portbury Dock.

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