Friday, August 15, 2014

Zino's Petrel Pelagic - day 3

The initial plan to head south was changed due to high wind speed; chumming position was north of Madeira again. On the way we were accompanied by a mixed pod of Bottlenose and Atlantic Spotted Dolphins, they were around the boat everywhere!
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
Today's highlight was the excellent view of a pair(?) of Zino's Petrels which were attracted to the chum for prolonged time. Stunning birds and one of the rarest species in the world with a total breeding population of less than 100 pairs.
note the long and slender bill
these birds showed the more typical underwing pattern (with more extended white)

A Madeiran (=Band-rumped) Storm Petrel and a Great Shearwater showed briefly.
And of course there were Bulwers Petrels and Cory's Shearwaters:-)

The fast Rib "Oceanodroma" powered by 2 Yamaha 200hp outboards. Many thanks to Hugo and Catarina for the excellent trip again.