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12 june 2011 - cape pelagic trip

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Trevor was once again a guide on a ZEST for BIRDS pelagic trip today. After the big winds that had come through yesterday, the sea was pretty bumpy this morning and this was still quite a breeze blowing. Bird highlights of the day were brief looks at a Little Shearwater (elegans race) and extended views of an intermediate morph South Polar Skua, both rarities for us and both new for the challenge list too. There were also plenty of Antarctic Prions whizzing around and an unseasonal Great-winged Petrel as well as a late Great Shearwater added to the diversity. Two whale blows were seen, but on neither occassion did we actually see the animal in order to identify it.

South Polar Skua
Subantarctic (Brown) Skua
Antarctic Prion
Sooty Shearwater
Full list of species recorded on the pelagic trip
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
Common Name Scientific Name
Birds - 27 species  
African Penguin Spheniscus demersus
Black-browed Albatross Thalassarche melanophris
Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche chlororhynchos
Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross Thalassarche carteri
Southern Giant Petrel Macronectes giganteus
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli
Pintado Petrel Daption capense
Antarctic Prion Pachyptila desolata
Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma macroptera
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
Little Shearwater Puffinus assimilis
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis
Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
Cape Gannet Morus capensis
Crowned Cormorant Microcarbo coronatus
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis
White-breasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax lucidus
African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini
Hartlaub's Gull Chroicocephalus hartlaubii
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Swift Tern Thalasseus bergii
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormicki
Subantarctic Skua Catharacta antarctica
Mammals - 1 species  
Cape Fur Seal Arctocephalus pusillus