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14 may 2011 - cape pelagic trip

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Trevor was once again a guide on a ZEST for BIRDS pelagic trip today and Margaret also joined the trip. The sea was flat and there was virtually not a breath of wind the entire day, but it also meant that we were plagued with thick mist and totally grey skies for most of the day. Unfortunately, we were also not able to locate a trawler during the day, so the numbers of birds were right down. Nothing out of the ordinary was seen, but there were still a handful of late summer migrants around (Cory's Shearwater, European Storm Petrel and Arctic Tern) and we also had our first Pintado Petrels of the winter season.

 
Wilson's Storm Petrel
 
Great Shearwater
 
Black-browed Albatross
 
Atlantic Yellow-nosed Albatross
 
 
Full list of species recorded on the pelagic trip
   
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
   
Common Name Scientific Name
   
Birds - 25 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
Northern Giant Petrel Macronectes halli
Pintado Petrel Daption capense
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
Cory's Shearwater Calonectris diomedea
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis
Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
European Storm Petrel Hydrobates pelagicus
Cape Gannet Morus capensis
Crowned Cormorant Microcarbo coronatus
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis
White-breasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax lucidus
Grey-headed Gull Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus
Hartlaub's Gull Chroicocephalus hartlaubii
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Swift Tern Thalasseus bergii
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Subantarctic Skua Catharacta antarctica
   
   
Mammals - 2 species  
   
Cape Fur Seal Arctocephalus pusillus
Bryde's Whale Balaenoptera edeni