Posts Tagged ‘Cory’s Shearwater

15
Jun
17

Petrodromas

When out at sea off Madeira last week we had some serious Petrodroma action. This Fea’s petrol was skirting the melee of Cory’s Shearwaters as they gorged on a bait ball of fish. Never coming close it always chose to be on its own away from the boat. I was pleased to get a record shot.

Its sister species, Zino’s Petrel, was much less easily observed. A trip at night not for the fainthearted along a steep mountain ridge, 6000 feet up  is required to see this species away from the sea . It nests here in crevices. They could be heard and seen as they returned to their nests under cover of darkness. But that’s a tale for another day. Thanks are due to Catarina and Hugo at ‘Wind Birds’ for all their help.

 

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07
Apr
13

A shear delight

The other month a Cory’s Shearwater was reported off Sheringham in Norfolk. Great birds Shearwaters; they are birds of the open oceans only coming to land to breed. We visited some breeding caves within lava flows on Pico in the Azores a few years ago but we also got our fill of them in February this year during our visit to the Canaries. As we travelled from Tenerife to La Gomera on the inter-island ferry they were flying with the ship, sometimes coming quite close.

Corys Shearwater




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