Spring Pelagic 2011 Mini-Expedition Summary

Monteiro’s Petrel (Richard Bonser)

Wilson’s Petrel (Richard Bonser)

Cory’s Shearwater (Richard Bonser)

Risso’s Dolphin (Ricard Bonser)

Super-pod of Common Dolphin (Richard Bonser)

Cuvier’s Beaked Whale (Richard Bonser)

Roseate Tern and Graciosa

Rough-legged Buzzard (Richard Bonser)

Before the highlights here come the lowlights:
1) My new 7D, 300m lens and 1.4 converter went over board and into the drink never to be seen again (15 minutes into the pelagic)
2) We didn’t find any rare pterodroma petrels
3) Richard’s bins went into the 4 day old chum bucket
4) I can still smell sardines

Now for the highlights 30th May to 3rd June offshore Graciosa:

1 Sooty Tern- found by Tommy from Praia village on Praia islet amongst the tern colony.
4 large skua sp.- probably Great Skua? More on this here: http://peteralfreybirdingnotebook.blogspot.com/2011/06/large-skuas-off-graciosa.html
12-15 Wilson’s Petrel- in the Fortune Sea between Graciosa and Terceira
1 Grey Phalarope- off the Terceira to Graciosa Ferry
3-4 Bulwers Petrel- off the Terceira to Graciosa Ferry
5+ Sooty Shearwater
2-3 Barolo Shearwater
50+ Monteiro’s Petrel
1 2nd cy Gannet
3-4 Manx Shearwater

Roseate and Common Terns, Cory’s Shearwater and Azorean Gull were the back drop.

6 Cuvier’s Beaked Whales
200+ Common Dolphin
50+ Bottlenose Dolphin
12+ Risso’s Dolphin
1 Loggerhead Turtle
1 Sunfish
3 Blue Shark
2 Flying Fish

Also we had a Rough-legged Buzzard on the island.

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