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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. It was a particularly rough day at sea today with very large swells so the boat was moving around quite a bit. Nevertheless, the really bad weather had already passed and we were only seeing the back of it. Fortunately, besides all the usual suspecects, these conditions also turned up a number of good birds including a Southern Royal and a Wandering Albatross, a Southern Fulmar, a white morph Southern Giant Petrel and an out of season Great-winged Petrel, so the bumpy conditions were certainly worth it.

Shy Albatross
Black-browed Albatross
Southern Fulmar
Wandering Albatross
Southern Royal Albatross
Pintado Petrel and white morph Southern Giant Petrel
Full list of species recorded on the pelagic trip
Links to pages with additional photos highlighted in red
Common Name Scientific Name
Birds - 26 species  
African Penguin Spheniscus demersus
Wandering Albatross Diomedea exulans
Southern Royal Albatross Diomedea epomophora
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
Southern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialoides
Pintado Petrel Daption capense
Antarctic Prion Pachyptila desolata
Great-winged Petrel Pterodroma macroptera
White-chinned Petrel Procellaria aequinoctialis
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
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
Subantarctic Skua Catharacta antarctica
Mammals - 2 species  
Cape Fur Seal Arctocephalus pusillus
Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae