Great views of Pterodromas on the Pelagic Expedition early July 2018

This pelagic expedition was not as breezy as we would like and although we got good observations and numbers of Zino's Petrels and Desertas Petrels we missed a few storm petrels which were expected to be seen at this time of year, such as White-faced Storm Petrel and Wilson's Storm-petrel... Oh well, that is Birdwatching!

Zino's Petrel and Cory's Shearwater

3rd July 2018 - 10 knots of northeast wind with NE waves up to 0.5 meters
6 Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae/deserta - 4 on the way to the chumming position and 2 by the chum slick
3 Madeiran storm petrel Oceanodroma castro - 1 seen on the ride up
10 Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis
Lesser Black-backed gull Larus fuscus
Great Skua Stercorarius skua
3 Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus puffinus - 1 on the ocean ride up to the chumming position

Loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta

Bulwer's Petrel Bulweria bulwerii

4th July 2018 - Northeast wind up to 10 knots and waves from same direction up to 1 meter
3 Fea's Petrel Pterodroma feae/deserta - 1 on the way up
2 Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira - 1 on the way up and 1 on the way back
10 Common Tern Sterna hirundo - 6 on the way up
Great Skua Stercorarius skua
1 Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus puffinus
2 Pterodroma sp. - too far to ID
14 Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis

Atlantic spotted dolphin Stenella frontalis

5th July 2018 - Northeast wind up to 13 knots and waves from NE up to 1.5 meters
3 Great Skua Stercorarius skua - 1 on the way up and 2 on the chum slick
2 Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira - both flew by the chum a few times and allowed perfect views
7 Manx shearwater Puffinus puffinus puffinus
22 Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahellis

Loggerhead turtle Caretta caretta

Zino's Petrel Pterodroma madeira

So, don't forget to book your Zino's Petrel Pelagic Expedition for 2019!

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