Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Slow start but good finale

Tuesday 24th May
Pelagic 2
It was a calmer day at sea for our 2nd pelagic and this was reflected in far less bird activity. This time we tracked further north and east with the island of Porto Santo clearly in view. We dropped a couple of chum blocks, but little appeared other than the odd Bulwer's Petrel, Cory's Shearwater and 4 Yellow-legged Gulls. We waited and waited and then decided to change position and try and lose the gulls that may have been putting off the smaller petrels. A couple of Zino's types then put in an appearance and woke everyone up as they circled a few times up and down the slick. Our final chum block seemed to do the trick as we had a final flurry of action with a small raft of Cory's Shearwaters, 2 Common Dolphins, at least 3 different Zino's types and a very welcomed
Madeiran Storm Petrel.
The sun set behind us and and we headed for land arriving in darkness and despite a slow start, everyone was happy with another great day for fantastic views of Pterodromas, at times coming so close you could almost grab them! Not that you would guess from my rather amateur shots below!

Looks as if tomorrow's pelagic is postponed until Thursday due to lack of wind! Ironic that it is normally due to too much wind that pelagics are postponed! So it looks as if this is where our adventure ends, until I return in July.

Lighthouse at South-Eastern end of Madeira

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