We arrived at our chumming spot at around 5pm and found the wind and some very big swells in excess of 2 metres - which feels pretty big in a small boat! We had no luck with the hoped for Storm Petrels, but were entertained by some very fast moving Pterodromas in the wind.
Earlier in the day we took our usual walk along the river and were treated to some excellent views of the very rare melanistic form of Blackcap - a crazy looking bird. I had always been intrigued by thisform when first reading about it prior to my first visit to Madeira in 2009.
|Melanistic form of Blackcap - this form is quite rare and only known from Madeira and the Azores|
|Presumed Zino's Petrel - High underwing score, relatively small bill and fairly light build|
|Cory's Shearwater - seen daily and heard from our hotel room at night|