Friday 29 August 2014

Terceira Whales and Botany

Yesetrday, Pete and I headed out on a whale watching boat from Angra after failing to achieve our intended destination of exploring more marine banks further out to sea. Still a good trip with the main highlight being at least 6 Fin Whales. A seemingly unusual time of year for this species in the Azores. Other highlights included a few Great Shearwaters the usual Cory's Shearwaters and pods of Common Dolphins. Plus juvenile Roseate Tern and Azores Gull. Also managed a final visit to the Cabo da Praia Quarry, though nothing new this time, but good views of two Hudsonian Whimbrel. 

On Tuesday we met with a couple of botanists and explored some of the coastal botany of the island and enjoyed some local tea and cake too!
Exotic tree from Haiwai
Ivy Leaf Fern
Cecilia and Isabelle (botanists) and Pete
CT sampling the local tea and cake!

Common Dolphins
Juvenile Roseate Tern

Great Shearwater
Fin Whale off Terceira Island
Cory's Shearwater
Hudsonian Whimbrel

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