...you have to go to the seabirds.
And that's just what Rich Steel and co did last Thursday when they chartered a boat out of Liverpool and out into the bay for the day.
I've always wanted to try this myself, but unfortunately couldn't make it on their maiden voyage.
The pelagic resulted in the sort of pictures we've all come to expect from Mr Steel, and many thanks for sharing as usual Rich.
I'm a bit disappointed there are no pirate hats, cutlasses or unfortunate birders chundering in the pics, but you can't have everything.
And in a year when seawatching opportunities have been so few with suitable wind and tides barely coinciding, it's fascinating to get an idea of what really is lurking out beyond the horizon at the moment.
Rich explains: "We went out on the pelagic trip on Thursday. Not too bad but not as busy as I had expected. We had the following:
Greater Black Back Gull*
Lesser Black Back Gull*
Juvenile Med Gull
Manx Shearwater (a lot out there and got close to a raft of birds)
*close to back of boat
No sign of any petrels although I think July might be better for Storm Petrels and a little too early for Leachs.
Enjoyable day out on the briney though".
Up to 20 Gannets fishing offshore at Ainsdale this evening when the rain stopped, but none looked as good as these....
His Bonxie, LBB and GBB ain't bad either.
Wonder if we'll get any blows this week to make the high tide cycle (such as it is) worth a trip to the Tobacco Dump.
I surely hope so.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...