26 June 2016 | Pelagic Encounters – Bird watching

Various birds could be seen enjoying the energy that remained from some heavy seas the last few days...

Written by Anwynn Louw, June 27 2016

26 June 2016 | Pelagic Encounters – Bird watching

Guide Summary and Photographs

An early 7am launch for another seabird encounter aboard the Whale Whisperer. It is always fun to be ‘escorted’ by a single sub-Antarctic skua for kilometres on end. Various birds could be seen enjoying the energy that remained from some heavy seas the last few days; which includes several Antarctic Prion, some Sooty Shearwaters, white-chinned petrels and a few Shy Albatrosses here and there.

The highlight of the trip was surely the sight of no less than seven Wandering albatrosses and a possible Tristan Albatross; as well as a spectacled petrel (Procellaria conspicillata). ‘This species is listed as Vulnerable because, despite apparent population increases, significant numbers are caught as bycatch in longline fisheries, and, owing to its very small breeding range, it is highly susceptible to stochastic events and human activities.’¹

¹Retrieved from – http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/factsheet/22728437

It was without doubt a good day to be on the water. We managed to spot 24 different seabird species in total, including six Albatross species and both Southern and Northern giant petrel.

On our way back we encountered a Brydes whale and a calf, we went by Dyer Island and Geyser Rock to see some Cape fur seals and Great White sharks which made for a fantastic ending to a memorable day.

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