Max Berlijn (NED) is one of those lucky birdwatchers who also kindly send his sightings to Madeira Wind Birds. Here are his records of an overnight trip to Desertas Islands:
On the 1st of September 2009:
"Brown BoobySula leucogaster - 1 second year or third year bird halfway between Funchal and Desertas. Later we found the bird back feeding in flock of Cory's for 15 minutes feeding along the boat near the Desertas. A video is on its way! Madeiran Storm-petrel - Tens calling coming in between 21.55 and 03.00 hour, maybe more if every call was a bird about 100. I saw six birds in the lamp and the night-bins, with one with the white rump! Grey Heron - 1 Yestday morining coming in to Madeira high over the sea. Arctic Sua - 1 adult goning west/south yesterday Bugio Petrel - 9 yesterday, breathtaking views (thick bill) near Bugio Great Shearwater - Today 42 birds going west/south.
On the 2nd of September 2009 Long-Tailed Skua - 1 adult with tail streemers goning west/south Manx Shearwater - 3 south/west. Bugio Petrel - 2 on our way back. Arctic Tern - 3 with the Long Tailed Skua Roseate tern - 1 fine adult in the mouth of the harbour
Bryde's Whale - 4 seen two very well Loggerhead Turtle - one"
Note:Brown BoobySula leucogaster is a first record for Madeira archipelago though it has been seen in once in Azores, in 1966, once in Canary Islands, in1995 and twice in Cape Verde.
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