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Bird and Nature Exploration Trips to the Azores
Each autumn birders from all over Europe descend on Corvo and Flores, the western most Azorean islands, in search of vagrants from the Nearctic. Birders with an interest in Western Palearctic birding, vagrancy and rare bird photography head to these islands – the best American landbird vagrant trap in the Western Palearctic. Birders arrive independently as individuals or small groups and then connect with other birders via Birding Azores, by walkie talkies and exchange of mobile phone numbers. For flights, accommodation and other logistics please contact Ian at Archipelago Azores. There is a regular ferry between Corvo and Flores that connects both the islands. The more people looking the more vagrants will be discovered!
Pelagic Mini-Expedition, August/September 2016
We will be arranging a pelagic off the Azores for next summer, targeting speciality seabirds including the endemic Monteiro’s Storm Petrel (at sea) and also Barolo Shearwater, Bulwers Petrel and Wilson’s Petrel. We will also be exploring for Trindade and Black-capped Petrels. These species occur regularly in the Gulf Stream off Cape Hatteras and Trindade Petrel has been predicted to migrate into Azorean waters (see Flood, B & Danzenbaker, M 2009. Birding World 22:4). This prediction is supported by a series of casual observations. Further exploration off the Azores, targeting these species at the prime time of year with modern chumming techniques is aimed at testing this prediction. The backdrop will be good numbers of cetaceans and other marine life. Highlights of the 2012 Pelagic included two first’s for the Azores- a Swinhoe’s Petrel and a Zino’s Petrel. Or perhaps consider joining our partner Wise Birding for a pelagic off Madeira http://www.
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Organised birding and nature tours
The most exciting aspect of the Azores is that you are never sure what you are going to see so – every trip is an exploration trip. As the islands are a vagrant trap we could stumble across nearly any migrant bird from either Europe or America. Also there is still much to learn about the birds and wildlife of the Azores and all sightings from trips contributes to unravelling the natural history.